AUSTIN - Lewis Romel Yarbrough, the man accused of making up a story about being stabbed in West Campus Monday afternoon, has been charged with allegedly making a false report to a police officer or law enforcement employee.
Yarbrough initially made the report Monday afternoon, saying that he was stabbed after trying to stop another man from threatening a woman with a knife in West Campus. On Wednesday, Interim Austin police Chief Brian Manley said he admitted to making the story up.
He initially told police that the incident occurred in the 2600 block of Nueces around 3 p.m. May 1. The man -- identified in APD's online records as Yarbrough -- said he witnessed a man threatening a woman with a knife. When Yarbrough said he attempted to break it up, he said he suffered a stab wound. Yarbrough described the person who stabbed him as a white man in his 20s, 5-feet 9-inches, with sandy brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a hoodie.
Rather than going to the hospital immediately, Yarbrough said he went home. He then asked his roommates to transport him to the hospital, where he reported the incident to APD.
On May 3, Manley said at a press briefing that he eventually admitted to police that he was playing with a knife and accidentally stabbed himself. He said that due to the medical expenses he was about to incur, he made up the story.
On the day of the man's report, police said the incident is not related to the stabbing incident that left one person dead and injured others on the University of Texas campus Monday.
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