A man who cut himself and then claimed he was attacked has been charged with filing a false report. His girlfriend has also been charged after she supported his false claim.
Charged with filing a false report are Thomas J. Sims, 30, and Lisa N. Lambert, 31.
Their charges come after police officers were dispatched to the couple’s home in regard to a stabbing.
“He said he went outside and was attacked and cut on the face by a white male wearing a dark-colored T-shirt who ran toward Walmart,” said McMinnville policeman Joseph Vanbommell.
His claim prompted several officers to search the area for the suspect. It was during that time, police were also looking at evidence at the scene and realized the man’s story wasn’t adding up. Specifically, it appeared that whatever assault happened occurred inside the house. That led to further questioning of Sims, who eventually admitted to injuring himself.
“He admitted he had, in fact, took a knife and cut his own face,” said Vanbommell, noting Lambert backed up her boyfriend’s story until the end.
“She admitted her boyfriend had taken a knife and cut his own face and that she had made up the story to cover for him,” Vanbommell said.
Sims was treated at River Park for his injuries. It is not known why he cut himself and then claimed he was assaulted. Since an investigation happened as result of the false story, the charges against the couple are a felony.