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Victim gives false report

ALBANY, Ga. -- Troy Sterling told police a man walked up and stabbed him just before noon Thursday at 607 Bison Lane.

According to the police investigation, the actual assailant was his girlfriend.

Detectives determined that Sterling and Courtney Jenkins, both 30, got into an argument at their residence, the report stated. During the argument Jenkins stabbed Sterling, police said.

Jenkins is charged with aggravated assault (domestic violence), the police report stated.

Sterling was taken to an undisclosed hospital by Dougherty County EMS. A spokeswoman at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital said her facility had no patient with that name.

Palmyra Medical Center could not be immediately reached about Sterling's condition.

Police said Sterling apparently tried to cover up the attack by Jenkins when police responded to his residence. He was charged with giving a false statement.

"Troy Sterling told police that he was approached by an unknown black male while he was outside working on his car. He further stated that the suspect started an altercation," said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. "He (Sterling) and the suspect struggled. And at some point the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed him. The suspect fled the scene."