Tuesday morning, DPS emailed the Georgetown University community with a public safety alert, explaining how, at approximately 10:52 the night before, a student standing in front of the Tombs was stabbed twice and taken to the Georgetown Hospital. The victim told DPS that a tall, blond, white man stabbed him twice before running off into the neighborhood with the knife.
Just hours later, however, DPS sent out another emailing explaining that the supposed victim had recanted his entire story, and that “no assault occurred.”
From what Vox has gathered from Tombs staff, the student who reported being stabbed was enjoying his time at Tombs until he began acting unreasonably rowdy and was thrown out. After being outside in front of the Tombs, this patron called DPS and began to explain to both DPS and Tombs staff that he was injured on an elbow and knee by a random assailant, pictured left.
Joe Madsen (COL ’14) was working a shift as a waiter at the Tombs when the stabbing was reported and saw the student who reported it. “He had a pretty vivid description of the stabbing,” Madsen said, noting how strange the patron had been acting. “The injuries didn’t seem like a stabbing though. Knee and elbow? Who gets stabbed there? Amateur hour.”
Other Tombs staff confirmed that the victim was thrown out of the Tombs prior to his report to DPS for being rowdy.
One Tombs waiter, who asked to remain anonymous and knows the victim personally, said that the patron was high on Xanax when he started acting up and saying he was stabbed. This Tombs waiter refused to reveal the patron’s name out of respect for his privacy. Vox just finds it hard to believe that getting crossfaded on Xanax at the Tombs is enough of a thing that someone actually did it.
DPS remained all but silent on the incident. “Well, there’s really not a whole lot to say about it,” Chief Jay Gruber said, his only official comment on the matter. “We thought it was one whole thing and it turned into another.”
That’s one way to put it. Another way to put it is that DPS spent its Monday night trying to chase-down a stabber who was made up by a high student with a skinned knee and elbow.
Additional reporting by Madhuri Vairapandi and Julia Tanaka.
Photo: erikki via Flickr.