In bizarre twist, alleged victim now charged in stabbing incident

NORWICH – A Sherburne man who claimed he had been stabbed in an altercation at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment has now been charged with third degree assault and second degree criminal trespassing.

Police charged Jacob A. Wilkes, 24, following a four month long criminal investigation into the confrontation. Police said Wilkes refused to leave the residence after being told too and fought with another man in an attempt to enter the apartment by force.

At about 7 a.m. Dec. 20, Wilkes drove himself to the city police station with two stab wounds – one just below his sternum and the other to his upper left rib cage. Wilkes told police he had been attacked at an apartment at 16 Sheldon St. in the City of Norwich less than an hour earlier.

Officers never confirmed that such an attack took place and executed a search warrant a few hours after it was reported at the apartment.

Deputy Police Chief Rodney Marsh said officers did not recover the weapon used in the attack and could not find any evidence to support the claim that Wilkes had been stabbed in the apartment’s stairwell, where Wilkes said the altercation took place.

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