People were shocked and horrified when they heard 41-year-old Steven Sampson’s sad story about being beaten, stabbed and robbed of his gifts on Christmas morning. The off-duty FDNY EMT said he had stopped his car in a sketchy party of The Bronx to rearrange his family’s Christmas presents when he was besieged by a group of thugs. Now, NYPD are calling BS, and arrested him Wednesday for making a false written statement and filing a false report.
The NY media was quick to pick up on the original story, Sampson telling CBS News a heroic tale of fending off his attackers, who he claimed got away with $2,500 worth of goodies. He said the men approached his car, saying: “Hey cracker, we're going to take your (expletive).” But Sampson said that he stood his ground, telling the station, “I punched him in the face. He went to the ground," before he was “stabbed very deep, to the bone." Sampson then drove himself to Jacobi Medical Center, where he received seven stitches for a puncture wound to his right arm.
However, when authorities questioned him about the encounter, he gave “so many different accounts of what happened, he’s no longer credible,” according to a police spokesperson. When confronted with his contradicting story lines, Sampson recanted the whole story. Sampson’s wife, though, is sticking by her man. “There’s no false report,” she told the New York Daily News, “My husband was stabbed and he was robbed.”