20-year-old UT student admits to lying about West Campus stabbing

Lewis Yarbrough (Austin Police Department)
Lewis Yarbrough (Austin Police Department)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police say a 20-year-old University of Texas student lied about being stabbed in West Campus on Monday, once he realized how expensive his medical bill would be.

Austin Chief of Police Brian Manley says the man admitted to fabricating the stabbing at Nueces Street and 26th Street, which the student tried to link to a deadly stabbing on the UT campus around an hour earlier.

The student, identified in police records as Lewis Yarbrough, was “playing with a knife and he accidentally cut himself,” the chief said. Police say the 20-year-old admitted to lying in an interview with them on Wednesday. Authorities have charged Yarbrough with false report and arrested him on May 4.

He originally told police on Monday that a 5-foot-9 white man in his 20s, with sandy brown hair, threatened a woman with a knife. The student told officers that he was stabbed in the leg after getting into a confrontation with the unknown man.

His injuries were described as non-life threatening.

Chief Manley said they wanted to get this update out to the West Campus community quickly since they were “delayed” in alerting the neighborhood to the reported stabbing.

“We want to make sure that the UT community, the West Campus community, is aware of this and knows that they do not have to be in fear of an assailant that we had not yet captured, because this incident did not happen in the way it was reported,” Manley said.

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