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Norristown Man Facing Charges for Allegedly Making False Stabbing Report

Police believe what was originally reported as a stabbing was actually an incident involving an intoxicated Norristown man falling through a storefront window.

A Norristown man is facing charges for making what police say is a phony report in connection with what was originally reported as a stabbing early Saturday morning in the area of Kohn Street and Blackberry Alley.

According to a report from the , officers responded to the 600 block of Kohn Street at approximately 1:15 a.m..

On the scene, officers encountered a resident of the neighborhood outside of his home, bleeding profusely from his right forearm. The man reportedly told police that he was walking west on the 500 block of West Marshall Street when a suspect he described as a 30-year-old black male in a white t-shirt and blue jean shorts approached him from behind and "pulled a knife" on him. The bleeding man told officers the suspect demanded money and became combative, slashing him with the knife.

Officers tracked the trail of blood from the current location of the victim back to the 500 block of West Marshall Street where they observed the window of the  at 507 W. Marshall Street was broken. Police noted that there was blood on the glass shards in the window and on the sidewalk.

When questioned again, the man reportedly told police it's possible he may have fallen into the building as he was highly intoxicated at the time. Officers reportedly spoke with several family members and friends of the injured man who police say confirmed that he has been known to get intoxicated to the point of falling down. 

The man was transported by PennSTAR1 to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for treatment. Police have yet to file official charges but say he will be facing charges of making false statements to police and other crimes related to the incident.

"We will not tolerate lying to the police," Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono said of the incident. 

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