Prank stabbing leads to inducing panic arrest

By Sam Wildow -



PIQUA — Piqua police responded to a report of a stabbing at the Bent Tree Apartments, located at 1250 Garbry Rd., on Monday night at 11 p.m. before they discovered that the incident was a prank.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the suspect’s neighbor. According to the Piqua police reports, the neighbor stated that Desmond Keyshawn Golden, 19, of Piqua had asked to borrow a large, sharp knife before returning to the neighbor’s residence later covered in blood and claiming to have stabbed someone.

Golden’s roommate told Piqua police that Golden had left the apartment at around 10:30 p.m. to get some cigarettes. Golden later reportedly called his roommate, telling his roommate that he had stabbed someone.

Golden’s roommate then left to check on his teammates to make sure that Golden had not harmed them. He told Piqua police that he plays baseball for Edison Community College and Golden was recently suspended from the team.

Red smears were seen on numerous spots inside Golden’s apartment, including on the wall, on light switches, and in the bathroom. Red smears were also seen on Golden’s shoes, according to Piqua police reports.

Golden denied being involved in an altercation. He later reportedly admitted that the red smears were food coloring and that the incident was a prank.

Piqua police obtained a search warrant for Golden’s apartment to look for clothing or other items in Golden’s possession to verify whether someone had been stabbed or if it was indeed a prank. According to Piqua police reports, they took swabs of the red smears throughout the apartment and seized articles of clothes, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Golden was charged with first-degree misdemeanor inducing panic in connection with this incident.

Golden is currently being held in the Miami County Jail on $10,000 bond.


By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall