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Police: Wake Forest teen made up mugging story

Posted February 20, 2009 2:51 p.m. EST

— A Wake Forest teen made up a story about being stabbed last month on a walking trail in the Heritage development, police said Friday.

The 15-year-old told police he was running along a wooded trail near the neighborhood when a man approached him and demanded money. The teen said the man then stabbed him.

Wake Forest police stepped up patrols in the area after the alleged incident and issued an alert to nearby residents.

Police said a subsequent investigation turned up no suspects or leads. They confronted the teen Friday about several inconsistencies in his story, and he confessed to making it up, police said.

The teen, whose name hasn't been released because of his age, will be charged through a juvenile petition with filing a false report to law enforcement.