TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Prosecutors say a man is facing several felony charges after he stabbed his landlady so she would give him pills – and then walked down the street and stole alcohol from a liquor store.
According to Tippecanoe County court documents, just before 4:30 p.m. on May 11 the Lafayette Police Department (LPD) was sent to a home on Pipers Glen Drive on a report of a stabbing.
When officers arrived, the victim was with her neighbors and told officers the suspect was 50-year-old Richard J. Carrell, who had run away after the stabbing.
Officers found a knife on the victim's porch and what appeared to be blood on the blade and on a mattress cover in a bedroom.
LPD said the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. She had several cuts and scratches on her face, neck, ear and hands, which LPD says were consistent with knife wounds.
The victim told officers she had known Carrell for several years and was renting a room to him. She said she had returned home that day to find Carrell drunk.
The victim told officers Carrell had approached her in his drunkenness, telling her he was "in pain" and wanted some of her prescription pain medication, which the victim refused to give him.
She told LPD Carrell then got on top of her, holding a knife to her ear and neck.
The victim said they fought, and she was in fear for her life. She was cut several times while she tried to keep the knife away and told officers she finally told Carrell she'd give him a couple of pills.
Once she gave them to him, the victim said Carrell tried to keep her in the home, but she was able to escape and run to her neighbors' home.
In the following search for Carrell, LPD found him walking through a parking lot on South 18th Street just a half an hour later with a bottle of vodka.
When officers took Carrell to the emergency room to be checked out, officers say they heard Carrell tell the ER doctor he had tried to kill his landlady that day.
LPD found further cause for theft charges when they interviewed the clerk at Dale Liquors on South 18th St. after they found Carrell.
The clerk said Carrell had come into the store just before 5 asking where the cheap vodka was located, but left without making a purchase. Upon surveillance video review, officers say they watched as Carrell hid a bottle of alcohol in his pants and left the store without paying.
Carrell was charged with: robbery committed while armed with a deadly weapon, a Class B felony; robbery resulting in bodily injury, a Class B felony; battery committed by means of a deadly weapon, a Class C felony; and two counts of theft, Class D felonies.
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