CROWN POINT — Lake County sheriff's police found a woman stabbed inside a home, lying on a bloodied piece of cardboard with two blackened eyes. Tape used to bind her hands was found nearby, records state.
John R. Zenner, 29, of Crown Point, was lying on a bed in the same room as the woman and taken into custody, Lake Criminal Court records state.
Police said they found the woman Thursday after responding to a tip that a man had stabbed his girlfriend with a pick.
The woman told a police officer she couldn't see because her eyes were swollen shut. She was lying on the cardboard with a bloodied sheet over her, and she had dried and fresh blood on her mouth, hands and clothing, records state.
An officer asked, "Who did this to you?" and the woman pointed at Zenner, records state.
Zenner was charged Saturday with felony counts of criminal confinement, battery by means of a deadly weapon and domestic battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
During an initial hearing Monday, Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan entered not guilty pleas on Zenner's behalf and appointed a public defender to represent him. Zenner's bond was set at $75,000 cash or $7,500 surety.
Lake County sheriff's police received a tip Thursday from a man who reported receiving a phone call from Zenner. The man reported Zenner told him Zenner stabbed his girlfriend with a pick because he believed she stole money from him, records allege.
Police pinged Zenner's phone, which led officers to the home of Zenner's relative in the 8500 block of Bell Lane in unincorporated Crown Point.
Zenner's relative gave police permission to enter the home after they spoke with her via a security doorbell, according to court records.
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Police found Zenner and the woman inside a room in the home.
An officer noticed white masking tape and black electrical tape wound in a circular shape with blood and hair on it laying on the floor, under the woman's body. She told an officer Zenner had used it to tie her hands and feet, records say.
The officer noticed marks around the woman's wrists and a cut on her head with fresh blood.
The officer smelled pepper spray when the woman moved her hair. She said Zenner had sprayed her with it in the garage, records state.
The woman had small holes on her back, which appeared to be puncture wounds, with bruising and dried blood around them, records allege. She also had bruising all over her back, arms and stomach.
The woman told police she wasn't sure what Zenner stabbed her with because she discovered she had been stabbed after regaining consciousness from a prior beating, records state.
She told police Zenner made her lie on a piece of cardboard to soak up blood and prevent blood from getting on the carpet.