Police find car in E.C. throat-slashing case

2012-12-05T22:00:00Z 2012-12-06T13:18:53Z Police find car in E.C. throat-slashing caseLindsay Machak lindsay.machak@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

Police on Sunday in Indianapolis recovered the car stolen during an East Chicago throat-slashing, but they still are searching for the suspect.

Investigators found the Honda Accord that was taken Nov. 26 from the East Chicago South Shore station during an attack.

The man charged in the attack, Jawaun Dontell Woods, 24, of Gary, has not been found, said Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Police Chief Bob Byrd.

Footage of Woods showed him in the Indianapolis area over the weekend, investigators said.

The car was recovered near 17th and Broadway on Indianapolis' north side. Footage of Woods was taken from a drugstore and gas station in the same area, Byrd said.

Woods has been charged with attempted murder while committing a robbery and robbery resulting in a serious bodily injury, both Class A felonies, and carjacking, a Class B felony.

Police consider him armed and dangerous and are asking anyone who sees him to immediately call 911.

A 28-year-old Chicago man suffered a cut to his neck and lacerations on his hand when he was attacked in the men's bathroom at the train station.

The victim had parked his car and was waiting for his wife to get off the train when he went into the bathroom, police said.

Byrd said Woods approached the victim in the bathroom, attacked him and took his keys, wallet and phone.

The wallet and phone were not recovered with the car, police said.

The victim ran from the bathroom into the parking lot, and Woods got into the man's car and drove away, police said. The man was treated and released from the hospital.

Within 40 minutes of leaving the train station, Woods went to the Walmart in Lansing and bought three Lady Gaga CDs using the victim's credit card, police said.

Anyone with additional information in the case is asked to call transit police at (219) 398-6000.

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