LAKE STATION — A 54-year-old woman charged in Thursday's stabbing at a trailer park allegedly tried to wash off the bloodied butcher knife used in the crime, but police discovered more blood beneath the broken handle, court charging documents show.
Susan L. Hogue, of Lake Station, was formally charged Friday with attempted murder in connection with the crime at Ravinia Pines, a mobile home park at 534 E. 37th Ave.
Shortly after midnight, Hogue went to a 40-year-old woman's mobile home in the 500 block of East 37th Avenue to tell her she wanted her pills, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Friday in Lake Criminal Court.
After the woman provided her pills, Hogue allegedly said "I have to kill you now," before pulling out a large butcher knife, records show.
Hogue then jumped onto the woman's chest and stabbed her several times while saying she had to kill her because she "was not going to prison," the affidavit says. At one point, Hogue placed a pillow over the victim's face and said, "Just die, (expletive)."
After Hogue allegedly left her for dead, the victim told police she got in her boyfriend's car and drove to a nearby gas station where someone found her and called for help.
The woman was first taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart but later airlifted to a hospital in South Bend with "many stab and cut wounds."
She remained in the hospital's intensive care unit as of Friday, with lacerations to her liver and diaphragm and a lung filling with blood, records state.
A search warrant of Hogue's home turned up a large kitchen knife inside her dishwasher. The knife appeared freshly washed, but bent, and the handle had practically been broken, the affidavit states.
"Underneath the broken handle is a red substance which appears to be blood," police stated in the affidavit.
Numerous assorted prescription pills in the victim's name were found inside Hogue's vehicle, police said in court records. Hogue lives about 200 yards from the victim's place.
Hogue faces charges of attempted murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon and battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
Anyone with information regarding this case can contact Detective Sgt. Glenn Gulley at 219-962-1186 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.