MAJOR UPDATE: Tonight the City of Lowell reminded us all of why police investigate things, look for evidence, and maintain a healthy dose of skepticism.
A 55-year-old man who lives in Market Mills, 256 Market St., Unit 114, called police about 9:35 p.m., to report that someone tried to rob him.
The man, who was “highly intoxicated,” according to police radio broadcasts, told officers that a very large Hispanic male pulled a knife and tried to rob him “somewhere near the Hess station” at Dutton and Merrimack streets.
The man told police the suspect tried to stab him, and that he defended himself with his forearm, sustaining a large cut in the process. He was taken to Saints Medical Center after describing his attacker.
Police searched around the Hess station for signs of blood, a crime scene, or evidence of where the attack occurred. They found nothing. They found no witnesses.
Once at Saints, the man’s story changed.
It turns out the 6 foot, 3 inch, 260 pound Hispanic male in a white hoodie that the victim described was imaginary.
The 55-year-old told police and doctors that his wife cut his arm.
Police arrested the man’s wife, who told officers the couple was recently married, a little before 10:30 p.m.
“I can’t believe he said I did that,” she said as she was arrested.
She is now at the police station being booked. I’ll add her name and charges once the booking process is complete.
UPDATE: Karen Shack, 55, of 256 Market St., Unit 114, is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife).