Man hospitalized after being stabbed at random

2012-10-10T22:00:00Z 2012-10-11T14:26:08Z Man hospitalized after being stabbed at randomLindsay Machak lindsay.machak@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

CENTER TOWNSHIP | A 64-year-old man who was getting his mail Wednesday was seriously injured after a woman allegedly asked to use his phone and then stabbed him, police said.

Porter County Sheriff's Department deputies were dispatched to a call for a car in a ditch with a possibly intoxicated woman inside at 5405 Marigold Lane just minutes before being called to a man's home nearby, Sgt. Larry LaFlower said.

When officers arrived at the home, in the 1900 block of Crescent Road, about 4:15 p.m., they found the man crying out for help and bleeding, he said.

The man had been stabbed in the chest and had severe lacerations on his face and hand.

Police investigating the car in a ditch found Billie Jo Moore, 49, of Valparaiso, walking nearby and took her into custody in connection with the stabbing, LaFlower said.

She appeared to be under the influence, but police didn't find any evidence of alcohol use, he said.

Officials ran a blood and urine screening on Moore and found she had the presence of marijuana and cocaine in her system, LaFlower said.

A more extensive drug test was pending late Wednesday to look for evidence of any other substances.

Investigators believe Moore walked up to the man as he was getting his mail and asked to use the phone.

The man allowed her to use the phone in his home, where she allegedly picked up a knife and stabbed him several times, police said.

The man was being treated at Porter Regional Hospital late Wednesday night and was in serious condition, LaFlower said.

One charge of a Class B felony aggravated assault is pending against Moore, officials said.

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