MCGRAW— Sheriff’s investigators arrested a McGraw man Friday for falsely claiming he was stabbed by a stranger at a West Academy Street home.
Eugene F. Patterson, 61, of West Academy Street, originally told police responding to his 911 call at 1:40 p.m. Feb. 19 someone had stabbed him the night before, according to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office.
During an interview with investigators the next day at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, Patterson stated he accidentally stabbed himself when he fell on his knife while drunk, according to the department.
Patterson was arrested at 11:15 a.m. at the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office and charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor. He was released to appear on April 15 in Cortlandville Town Court.
In addition to Sheriff’s officers, volunteers of the McGraw Fire Department’s medical rescue squad responded to the stabbing accident, according to police. Patterson was taken to Upstate University Hospital by TLC Emergency Medical Services, the department noted.