CHICAGO — Chicago Police now say the reported stabbing of a 23-year-old Columbia College student in Grant Park is “unfounded.”
Anthony Guglielmi, Chicago Police’s top spokesman, tweeted that “based on a review of video evidence, this incident is now determined to be unfounded and it did not occur as it was reported to police.”
The spokesman didn’t say if the woman will face any charges. It’s been just two weeks since prosecutors charged “Empire” star Jussie Smollett with filing a false police report after he said he was beaten by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs in Streeterville. Police believe Smollett orchestrated the attack because he was unhappy with how much he was being paid on the Fox show.
In Wednesday night’s incident, police initially said a 23-year-old woman was stabbed during a robbery in Grant Park, police said.
The woman said she walking in the first block of East Ida B. Wells Drive at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man walked up to her and demanded money, police said.
She said she told the man she didn’t have money and he stabbed her in her abdomen and ran off with her credit card.
The woman walked to a convenience store in the 500 block of South State Street and 911 was called, police said.
She was taken to Northwestern Hospital, where her condition was not available but she was listed as “stable,” police said. She had three superficial puncture wounds in her lower abdomen.