An Iowa doctor who told police he was stabbed and robbed while jogging on the Chicago Riverwalk downtown last month has since said he stabbed himself and the attack "never happened."
Dr. Gary Hunninghake, 63, has been charged with filing a false police report. CBS 2's Mike Puccinelli found the doctor in an alley as he left court on Tuesday and asked Hunninghake to explain his bizarre behavior.
He also reported he was stabbed by one of the three, and his Blackberry was taken.
But after an "exhaustive" investigation, detectives contacted him at his home May 2 and informed him of numerous inconsistencies and contradictions in what he told police. He allegedly immediately admitted that the attack never happened and that the wounds were self inflicted with a knife that he bought, police said.
Hunninghake was initially taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition after the stabbing, according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford.
Hunninghake initially tried to dodge CBS 2's camera as he left court on Tuesday, but when a reporter caught up with him in an alley outside the courthouse, he did stop briefly.
"I'm not sure why I did it either," he said.
Police Supt. Jody Weis denounced Hunninghake's actions on Tuesday. "He embarrassed the city with his story, so it cast the city in negative light and because of that, we looked at this and said 'this isn't right.'"
What made this particularly so disturbing was that news of this attack came on the heels of the attacks on two women by a man with a baseball bat.