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Firefighter Goes Uncharged for Stabbing Hoax

By Lauren Mattia
Published: Wednesday, February 02, 2011, at 07:34PM
LAPD / Cecil Eric Richardson

On May 18, Central Division's mobile substation was parked outside the Cecil Hotel as police searched for for MacDougall's alleged assailant.

In May, L.A. City firefighter Charles Anthony MacDougall was a hero. On Wednesday, after nearly being charged with filing a false police report, MacDougall was released from further investigation.

"Due to the lack of sufficient evidence, there will be no filing of a charge of providing a false police report," City Attorney spokesman John Franklin told the L.A. Times.

According to MacDougall's May police report, he was flagged down by an unknown individual outside the Cecil Hotel, who lead MacDougall to one of the upper levels, where he was stabbed four times by another unknown assailant.

MacDougall's partner, who was not present for the stabbing, told police that he did not see the assailant, who allegedly fled the scene after attacking MacDougall.

Security cameras told another story. The footage showed that MacDougall and his partner were separated for about eight minutes, and it remains unclear as to what occurred during that time period. Also creating more questions was a methodical search of the hotel that yielded no evidence validating MacDougall's claims.

Eight months have elapsed since the incident, and the cause of MacDougall's injuries, which put him in L.A. County USC hospital, is still unknown.

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