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Stabbing 'victim' arrested for filing false report

PLATTSBURGH City police have arrested a man for filing a false statement in connection to an alleged stabbing earlier this summer. Michael J. Sorrell, 25, was arrested by Plattsburgh Police Department detectives Oct. 17. Sorrell had reported he was stabbed July 15 on a stretch of Route 9 north of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce offices. Authorities responded to an area on the east side of Route 9 just north of the Scomotion Creek bridge that afternoon to investigate the report. During an interview with authorities, Sorrell told police he was traveling south along the bike path when an unknown person attacked from behind and stabbed him. Sorrell walked from the scene of the attack to nearby McSweeneys Red Hots Restaurant where help was called. He was transported by ambulance to CVPH Medical Center for treatment and later released. A search was conducted for the weapon allegedly used against Sorrell, though the weapon was not recovered. According to a department report, Sorrell provided detectives with "different accounts" of the alleged stabbing as well as different descriptions of the stabber. It is also alleged Sorrell confided in an acquaintance he had actually stabbed himself in order "to receive the attention of a female he was interested in dating." Sorrell was initially charged with one count of offering a false instrument for filing, a Class E felony. He was additionally charged with two counts of making an an apparently false sworn statement, a Class A misdemeanor, and one count of second-degree falsely reporting an incident, also a Class E felony. Sorrell is due to be arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court Monday, Oct. 20.

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