A Michigan City man is accused of stabbing a childhood friend in the torso 17 times on Saturday.
DeWayne Sutton Jr., 27, was being held Wednesday in LaPorte County Jail on $100,000 bond.
He’s charged in LaPorte Superior Court 1 with level 1 felony attempted murder along with aggravated battery and criminal confinement, both level 3 felonies; sexual battery, a level 4 felony; and level 5 felony intimidation.
The stabbing victim was transferred to Memorial Hospital in South Bend because of the extent of his injuries, which included a punctured kidney and collapsed lung.
According to court documents, Sutton forced his way into an apartment in the 300 block of West 11th Street at about 2:45 p.m. Saturday and held a knife to a woman's throat while he ordered her to phone the other victim and tell him to come over. He is also accused of touching that woman in a sexual manner, police said.
When the stabbing victim arrived about 10 minutes later, Sutton accusing him of stealing $50. The victim denied taking the money, then Sutton knocked him to the floor and began stabbing him in the back, police said.
According to court documents, the victim escaped Sutton, ran into the bathroom and shut the door. He was sitting in a tub with two women trying to stop the bleeding when police showed up.
Sutton had already left, but was arrested on foot in the area of 10th and Wabash streets shortly after the incident. What looked like a steak knife was lying in the snow close to where he was captured, police said.
According to court documents, the victim told police Tuesday that he and Sutton are good friends who have known each other since first grade.
He also said there were no issues the night before when he and several others were hanging out at Sutton’s residence, police said.