Man, 42, charged in Westville knife incident

2013-07-19T16:19:00Z 2013-07-19T20:06:39Z Man, 42, charged in Westville knife incidentStan Maddux Times Correspondent
July 19, 2013 4:19 pm  • 

WESTVILLE | A Michigan City man is accused of holding a knife to the throat of a teenage boy he accused of making sexual advances to his wife in a bloody incident in Westville.

Thomas Jackson, 42, was arraigned Friday in LaPorte Circuit Court on felony charges of intimidation and battery by strangulation.

Westville police officers responded July 13 to a home on Tulip Drive in New Durham Estates on a report of a stabbing, according to reports.

Jackson had just left the residence and when his vehicle was stopped in the mobile home park there was blood on his hands, the steering wheel and on the driver's seat, police said.

The investigation revealed a 16-year-old girl in the home answered the door and standing there was Jackson, who she identified as a relative.

He pushed his way past her heading toward a 17-year-old boy identified as the girl's boyfriend.

The boy was seated in a chair playing videogames when knocked to the floor.

Jackson allegedly clicked open a folding knife and put his knee on the boy's chest.

He also grabbed him tightly by the throat with his left hand and with his right hand held the blade to the boy's throat, court documents state.

Jackson then told the boy "he had five seconds to explain why he was making sexual advances to his wife or he would kill him," police said.

Court documents also state the girl, who is pregnant, picked up the telephone and was told by Jackson "if she called 911 he would slit her throat."

The girl grabbed Jackson's hand in a bid to get the knife away from the boy's throat.

Somehow, the boy got away from Jackson, who then chased him outside with the knife before leaving.

Neither of the teens were injured but Jackson was cut during the struggle, police said.

According to police, the boy had what appeared to be an outline of the suspect's fingers on his neck in blood, showing that he was grabbed around the throat.





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