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VALPARAISO — A 22-year-old Knox man accused of choking a woman unconscious and stabbing her at least 12 times said, "I did stab her. I slashed her. I even choked her out 'cause I don't feel welcome here," according to Porter police.

Stephen Rainey was charged Tuesday with felony battery and strangulation, and a misdemeanor count of battery, according to court records.

Police said they were called out at 8:02 a.m. Sunday to 700 N. Waverly Road where an apartment dweller told them she heard a woman screaming for help in the unit below.

When officers entered the apartment unit in question, they saw a man, later identified as Rainey, holding a pocket knife, crying and saying he stabbed someone, according to police.

While disarming and handcuffing Rainey with weapons drawn, police said they saw someone on the bathroom floor wearing a white shirt covered with blood.

A female victim was found stabbed nine times in the left arm and three times in the left wrist, knee and breast, police said.

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After Rainey was handcuffed, he yelled, "I stabbed her up," police said.

Police said Rainey also spit in the face of another man as he was being led out of the apartment, resulting in the misdemeanor battery charge.

Police were initially unable to take a statement from stabbing victim due to her receiving medical care.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.