The story of a Los Angeles Fire Department paramedic who said he was stabbed for no apparent reason at a downtown hotel last week has raised "red flags" with police sources who indicated to Fox 11 News that parts of the account didn't add up.
Charles Anthony MacDougall, who had been scheduled to receive a "paramedic of the year" award later in the week, reported being attacked about 10:50 a.m. Tuesday at the Hotel Cecil, a onetime residential hotel on the edge of Skid Row that has tried to shed its image as a place for the down-and-out. It's located at 640 S. Main St.
The man had reportedly told police that he and a partner responded to a medical aid call at the hotel when he was attacked. However, according to Fox 11's Chris Blatchford, security video at the hotel showed the pair "milling" around the lobby for 15 minutes before MacDougall headed upstairs alone.
His partner reportedly believed MacDougall was going to the third floor to treat a patient, but he was soon found on the eighth floor "stabbed and sweating." The station said the paramedic gave a "vague description" of his attacker, and neither the suspect nor the patient were found by cops who had swarmed the area.
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Nurses at County-USC Medical Center planned to honor MacDougall as "paramedic of the year," but his own hospitalization meant he was unable to attend the ceremony.