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State troopers says truck driver fabricated report of stabbing, robbery on I-76 in Medina

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 12:34:49-04

MEDINA, Ohio — A truck driver lied to troopers about being stabbed and robbed stabbed by two people on I-76 in Medina Wednesday night, according to a news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

State troopers responded to I-76 for a report of an assault and attempted robbery— a report that authorities later determined was fabricated by the truck driver.

Just before 8 p.m., a driver of a commercial vehicle claimed he was assaulted and robbed. He initially reported a dark-colored pick-up truck flashed its high beams in an attempt to get him to stop.

After pulling over, the driver claimed he was assaulted by a man with a knife and a second man who brandished a firearm.

The driver, who was transported to a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, was interviewed by OSHP investigators, who noted inconsistencies in his statement.

The driver eventually said he lied about being assault and robbed.

The investigation is ongoing.