"Soooooooo apparently I look like a neo-Nazi and got stabbed for it," wrote 26-year-old Joshua Witt on Facebook. "Luckily I put my hands up to stop it so he only stabbed my hand… please keep in mind there was no conversation between me and this dude I was literally just getting out of my car." Witt said his attacker was a black man. The alt-right went berserk over the story, but in a big surprise twist, it turns out that Witt stabbed himself.
Witt's story was first debunked by Buzzfeed who contacted the police in Sheridan, Colorado for the full story. Gizmodo reached out to the Sheridan Police Department as well, who confirmed that Witt actually stabbed himself. And on top of that, he originally told police that his attacker was a "black male" in his mid-20s.
Police checked surveillance footage near the Steak n' Shake where he was allegedly attacked and couldn't find anybody running from the scene like Witt had claimed. What did they really find on the tapes? Footage of Witt buying a knife at a nearby store minutes before he was allegedly "attacked."
"On August 24, 2017 Sheridan Police, re-interviewed Mr. Witt where he was confronted with all the information listed above," Sheridan Police Chief Mark Campbell told Gizmodo in a statement.
"Mr. Witt subsequently admitted to accidentally cutting himself with the knife while parked in his car in front of the sporting goods store and admitted making up the story about being attacked," Chief Campbell continued.
Witt was booked and released for filing a false police report. He faces up to a $2,650 fine and up to a year in jail.