You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Police: Report of a stabbing attack Monday in West Campus was false


Police: Man accidentally cut himself on the leg while playing with a knife and then lied about it to police.

Interim Police Chief Brian Manley says man made up story due to “expense that the medical bill might pose.”

Report, coming on the same day as the deadly knife attack at UT, had caused confusion.

Austin police now say that a second stabbing that had been reported Monday near the University of Texas — within hours of an on-campus knife attack that left one student dead and three others injured — never happened.

Austin interim Police Chief Brian Manley on Wednesday afternoon said the man had reported that someone stabbed him.

Instead, he actually accidentally cut himself on the leg while playing with a knife and then lied about it to police, Manley said. The man, identified in online police records about the reported attack as Lewis Romel Yarbrough, admitted to detectives Wednesday that he made the story up after considering the medical expense he was about to incur, the chief said.

“He transported himself to the hospital for treatment. Then, realizing the expense that the medical bill might pose, he decided to link this to the attack that took place on the UT campus earlier in the day,” Manley said.

The man may be charged with giving a false report to a police officer, but authorities are still investigating the case. On Wednesday evening, he hadn’t been charged with a crime.

The American-Statesman reached out to Yarbrough for comment, but he said the Statesman had “false information” and declined to comment further. His Facebook page had been taken down Wednesday evening.

Austin police took heavy criticism this week for how it informed the public after the West Campus incident was reported. Police received reports about a possible stabbing near 26th and Nueces streets around 4:30 p.m. Monday. But police officials initially said reports of the stabbing — coming so soon after the on-campus attack — were rumors. It wasn’t until around 9:30 p.m. that police confirmed that they had received a report about the alleged incident.

“There was a lot going on Monday. Social media was very active. There were multiple reports of stabbings. There was even a report of a shooting, and we were actively working on each and every one of those,” Manley said.

If detectives were skeptical, Manley said it had nothing to do with the delay.

”We never want to be in a position where we make an early assessment and not believe someone’s account, not put out information and then find out we were wrong,” he said.

Even though the report turned out to be false, Manley still said the department should have shared the reported information sooner with the community.

“We should have been more sensitive to the concerns in the West Campus community and the UT community as a whole, in letting them know that what we thought at the time was an incident, that now we know was not an incident, we should have brought that forward sooner,” Manley said Wednesday.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Study: Dads’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons
Study: Dads’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons

Fathers with toddler daughters are more attentive and responsive to their needs than fathers with toddler sons, according to a study published in an American Psychological Association journal. >> Read more trending news  Behavorial Neuroscience journal. Fathers of young boys engaged in more rough-and-tumble play and used more achievement-related...
Girl turns Justin Trudeau’s office into a pillow fort
Girl turns Justin Trudeau’s office into a pillow fort

A 5-year-old girl who got to be prime minister for a day in Canada put Justin Trudeau to work, directing him in building a pillow fort, the Huffington Post reported. >> Read more trending news When Bella Thompson won a CBC Kids’ contest, she went to Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, and made her unique request. Trudeau obliged...
Father fashions feeding tube to match son’s
Father fashions feeding tube to match son’s

A Virginia man continues to show support for his young son, who was born with a congenital heart defect, by sharing a photo of himself and the 3-year-old boy wearing feeding tubes. >> Read more trending news Robert Selby, whose son Chace requires a feeding tube, fashioned one of his own and glued it on to match his son in the Instagram photo...
Obama meets with Prince Harry in London
Obama meets with Prince Harry in London

Former President Barack Obama was welcomed to London’s Kensington Palace by Prince Harry on Saturday, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news "They discussed a range of shared interests including support for veterans, mental health, conservation, empowering young people and the work of their respective foundations," Kensington...
Man causes delay of TV newscast in New Mexico
Man causes delay of TV newscast in New Mexico

Saturday night’s newscast at a New Mexico television station was delayed when a man attempted to break into the facility, station officials said. >> Read more trending news On its Facebook pace, KOB in Albuquerque apologized for the delay. Just before 10 p.m., a man began pounding on the front door of the station. Officials called...
More Stories