VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso woman was charged Thursday with two felony battery counts on allegations of stabbing a man who had allowed her to use his telephone Wednesday following a car crash.
Billie Jo Moore, 49, of 403 E. Jefferson St., was charged with aggravated battery and battery with a deadly weapon.
The charges carry potential sentences of six to 20 years behind bars and two to eight years, respectively.
An April 8 trial was set during an initial hearing Thursday before Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford.
Bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety.
The 64-year-old stabbing victim, a Center Township resident, underwent surgery to repair damage near his heart. He is in stable condition Thursday in the intensive care unit at Porter Regional Hospital, according to police.
According to court documents, the victim told authorities he was checking his mail outside his home in the 1900 block of Crescent Road when an unfamiliar woman, later identified as Moore, approached him asking to use his telephone.
He allowed Moore into his kitchen to use the telephone. As she was leaving, she grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed him in the chest leading to a struggle, the victim said.
Police were called at 3:52 p.m. in response to a car crashing into the backyard of a home at 5405 Marigold Lane with an intoxicated woman behind the wheel, according to the charging information.
When authorities arrived, they were flagged down and informed of the stabbing. Officers found the victim lying near a fence with several lacerations to his face and arms, and two stab wounds to his chest.
Others at the scene told investigators the victim had been stabbed by the woman from the car crash. Police reportedly found Moore hiding in bushes near the home with blood on her.
Investigators said Wednesday that Moore appeared to be under the influence, but authorities didn't find any evidence of alcohol use. Officials ran a blood and urine screening on Moore and found she had the presence of marijuana and cocaine in her system, investigators said.
A more extensive drug test was pending to look for evidence of any other substances, according to investigators.