Police: Cranston man stabbed himself, made up story

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — An incident reported as a stabbing at a Cranston home early Friday turned out to be self-inflicted, police confirmed Friday afternoon.

Officers were called to a home on Orchard Street just before 5 a.m. and were at the scene in the city’s Auburn section for more than six hours.

Police said the victim had a wound, but it wasn’t clear what had happened, and ambulance crews took him to Rhode Island Hospital.

The man told investigators a man broke into his car and stabbed him. Neighbors were afraid a stabbing suspect was on the loose.

“I hope they do catch them,” said neighbor Lee Antoszewski. “It’s a quiet neighborhood and stuff like that shouldn’t even be happening.”

As it turned out, it didn’t happen.

Over the course of the morning, detectives had placed evidence markers at spots on the home’s driveway and removed brown paper bags from the house. Police told Eyewitness News the victim’s account of the events was not quite adding up; hours later, it was revealed he’d fabricated the story of the attack.

While residents were troubled by the incident, they’re also relieved there’s no threat to the community.