Crime | August 29, 2017 3:11 pm

Police Say Man Lied About Being Stabbed for Neo-Nazi Haircut

The report was completely false.

A week ago, we reported that 26-year-old Joshua Witt narrowly escaped being stabbed to death by an African American man in Colorado after being mistaken for a neo-Nazi because of his haircut.

Following an investigation, police have confirmed to the Washington Post that Witt’s story is false — he later admitted to accidentally stabbing himself after mishandling a knife he’d purchased at a nearby store.

“Right from the beginning of this whole thing,” Police Chief Mark Campbell told The Post, “most of the officers who responded, we all thought, ‘This isn’t right.’”

Witt, who shared a photo of his bloodied hand on social media, went viral after recounting the attack, which he said occurred four days after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent.

“The reason we worked it so rigorously,” Campell added, “is because he was making the claim that he was targeted because he’s white. … We’re fortunate we got him to admit he made a false report.”

Witt has reportedly been charged with making a false report, and faces up to a year in jail and $2,600 in fines.