Gary man charged with stabbing pregnant woman

2014-04-21T17:32:00Z 2014-04-21T18:43:10Z Gary man charged with stabbing pregnant womanLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent
April 21, 2014 5:32 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Lake County prosecutors late last week filed seven felony charges, including a class A felony count of attempted murder, against a Gary man for an alleged knife attack on a pregnant woman.

Brandon Booth, 30, faces a Class B felony charge of aggravated battery and two Class B felony counts of criminal confinement and three Class C felony counts of battery by means of a deadly weapon, battery resulting in serious bodily injury and battery resulting in bodily injury to a pregnant woman.

The defendant and victim live together in the 1700 block of West 5th Avenue. Booth knew the woman was three months pregnant, the probable cause affidavit states.

Gary police were called to the home at 12:20 a.m. Thursday. The victim told police she and Booth argued most of the night about some text messages he discovered on her phone, court documents say.

According to the affidavit, Booth went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and cut the woman on the thumb.

“She tried to make it out the door to escape, but he grabbed her and pulled her back inside ... and (started) stabbing her with the knife,” court documents state. “As he stood over her and said ‘I’m gonna kill you,’ he struck her with his fist and knocked her to the floor.”

The police report indicates Booth started slashing and stabbing the woman as she lay on the floor. When he cut himself with the knife, he stopped wielding the knife and “stomped on her upper back,” the report says.

After Booth left the residence, the woman was able to call 911 although she was bleeding severely, and tried to drive herself to the hospital, the affidavit says.

She was treated at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus for multiple stab and slice wounds to her arms, elbow, chest, shoulder and thumb, the report states.

Booth is being held at the Gary City Jail on $100,000 bond. He has been assigned to Lake Criminal Judge Samuel Cappas’ court.

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