A 26-year-old man who became a minor cause célèbre on conservative media after he claimed he was stabbed by an African-American man for looking "like a neo-nazi" actually stabbed himself by accident, police in Colorado say. On August 16, Joshua Witt claimed he had been attacked outside a restaurant in Sheridan, Colo., by a black man in his twenties because his haircut made him look like a neo-Nazi, the Denver Channel reports. Witt, who posted about the supposed incident on Facebook, told police he managed to block the attack and received a defensive wound on his hand. He said his assailant ran off immediately after the attack.
Last week, though, Sheridan police arrested Witt for making a false report after determining he had actually stabbed himself while opening up a knife he had just purchased at a nearby store. Police became suspicious of Witt's story when they couldn't find any witnesses who could corroborate it, the Guardian reports. They also saw surveillance footage of Witt purchasing the knife. He ultimately admitted to police he cut himself accidentally, police say. Witt's allegations spread quickly on social media and on conservative outlets, including Fox News, which ran a story with the headline "Anti-Fascist Stabs Innocent Man Over 'Neo-Nazi' Haircut." Witt is facing a fine of $2,650 and up to a year in jail if he's found guilty. Police say they have no evidence tying Witt to any white supremacist groups.