An Austin man who claimed three individuals assaulted him on September 16th has been cited by authorities.

Austin Chief of Police David McKichan reported that 31-year old Nathaniel Stahl was cited with a misdemeanor for falsely reporting a crime.  

Stahl told Austin Police he had an altercation with three other males on the night of September 16 near the Mill Pond Skate Park.  He claimed he was wounded in the groin area by an unknown sharp implement that caused him to bleed.

Police investigated the area where Stahl indicated the assault occurred, but found no evidence of an altercation.  Chief McKichan stated that they also did not see any blood on the seat of Stahl’s bike. Stahl then changed his story and told officers that the incident occurred outside his residence in the 400 block of 2nd Street Southeast. He indicated he changed the location because he was concerned of reprisal from the alleged assailants, who were known to him.

Three males, aged 15, 18 and 19, were taken into custody. They denied any involvement in assaulting Stahl and were later released.

McKichan went on to state that Stahl allegedly later admitted to police that some of his wounds were self-inflicted in an attempt to make it appear more dramatic.  Authorities found nothing to indicate an assault had actually occurred.

Chief McKichan stated that no charges would be forthcoming against the alleged assailants.

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