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Stabbing reported in Warsaw; woman hospitalized

Update as issued by the police Friday afternoon:

“Warsaw Police investigators have closed their investigation and determined that the stab wounds, in this case, were self-inflicted. Police have determined through interviews and admissions that the entire incident was fabricated by the victim. Warsaw Police wish to reassure our community that there are NO suspects at large. It is undetermined at this time if false reporting charges will be pursued. The victim will remain anonymous.”

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The Warsaw Police Department is investigating a report of a stabbing Thursday night.

Officers were sent to a residence in the 400 block of South High Street about 8:35 p.m. When they arrived, they found a 54-year-old woman in the entry to her upstairs apartment with injuries to her stomach area, according to a statement issued Friday by the department.

She was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital and was in stable condition Friday morning, the police said.

She initially told officers that she had just returned home, unlocked her apartment and carried two bags inside to her kitchen and went back out to retrieve a bottle of Pepsi. She told police she saw two men in her apartment who demanded her wallet and car keys.

She told police she gave them her wallet and was stabbed as she was searching for her keys. The men were described as wearing ski masks, black clothes and gloves.

Area law enforcement searched the area instructing people to stay inside and lock their doors while police dogs attempted to track any attackers.

At this time, investigators are determining whether the incident actually occurred as alleged, the police statement said.

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