Chicago man who claimed he was stabbed in a robbery cut himself during an argument with his girlfriend, police say

Javier Paredes was charged with retail theft, false report and disorderly conduct after police said that he had been stabbed was fake.
(Chicago Police Department)

A man who told the police that he was stabbed during a robbery in downtown Chicago, in the last month actually shoplifted razors from a nearby pharmacy and cut himself after a fight with his girlfriend, investigators said Sunday.

Javier Paredes, 32, was charged with retail theft, false reporting, disorderly conduct, and was ordered held on $450 bail after a hearing.

Workers in the Magnificent Mile commercial district, found him on the morning of Nov. 14 with the cuts on his stomach. He claimed that he would be robbed, but prosecutors said security cameras in the area turned out to be no incident.

However, the police are investigating the images spotted Paredes taking the blades from a CVS pharmacy about 20 minutes before he reported the stabbing.


Paredes was Thursday arrested after officials him pulling the handles of the aisle fences on the city’s Southwest Side. After his arrest, officers identified him as the shoplifting suspect.

According to Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Rebecca Wiggers, Paredes admitted to the officers that he had stabbed himself after an argument with his girlfriend in which he threatened to harm himself.

Paredes is due to appear again in court on Thursday.

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