Halloween incident recanted

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The West Pawlet, Vt., man whose story of a bizarre doorstep attack caught regional attention Nov. 1 has admitted to police the Halloween night tale was a fake.

Vermont State Police said Donald Gould, 22, of New Street in West Pawlet, just across the state border from Granville, admitted to making up the story of being stabbed by a needle-like device on Halloween night.

What caught the attention of most, however, was Gould’s claim the minor puncture wound was caused by a person wearing a black gorilla costume.

Gould claimed he heard what he expected to be trick-or-treaters at his doorstep, but when he answered the door a person in a costume stabbed him with an unknown device.

At the time Gould told police his assailant fled westward toward the state line after the attack.

A search of the area failed to turn up a suspect and police continued to investigate the assault.

Gould was taken to Glens Falls Hospital after the Oct. 31 8:20 p.m. “attack,” treated and released.

As the investigation continued and possible suspects were interviewed Gould was asked for more specific detail on the attack.

In a subsequent interview, police said, he admitted he made the whole thing up and had in fact injured himself.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Granville police assisted Vermont State Police in the investigation.



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