WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A 25-year-old man has been officially charged after police say he stabbed a man several times outside of his apartment early Saturday morning. Witnesses say the stabbing stemmed from jealousy over an ex-girlfriend.
According to Tippecanoe County court documents, officers with the West Lafayette Police Department (WLPD) arrived at 119 E. Columbia St. at roughly 3:40 a.m. Saturday to find a male with multiple cuts and stab wounds on the sidewalk in front of the residence.
That man was later identified as Pavel Borovikov. Police said two men were trying to help him and a third man ran up to officers and said the suspect was leaving in a white Mercedes.
The three men trying to help Borovikov identified the suspect as 25-year-old Timothy Bowen and said they knew both Borovikov and Bowen.
Officers located the white Mercedes and pulled it over in a parking lot off of Howard Street in West Lafayette.
The driver was told to keep his hands visible and when officers asked him where the knife was, they said he reached toward the car's center console and threw a knife on the ground.
The driver was identified as Bowen, and officers noted apparent blood stains on his body and clothing. The knife – a folding single-blade knife with a blade roughly 3 inches long – also appeared to have blood on it.
In witness interviews, police said witnesses provided the same information.
They told officers everyone had been at a party, and Borovikov had come with his ex-girlfriend. Witnesses said the ex-girlfriend decided to leave the party with Bowen, which upset Borovikov.
The three primary witnesses told officers they had tipped Bowen off about Borovikov being angry, and that Borovikov was talking about going over to Bowen's apartment and confronting him.
The three men said they even went over to Bowen's home to talk to him about the situation, which was when Bowen told them he had a gun, "loaded and ready," and also said he had a knife.
They said Borovikov arrived at Bowen's home and was pounding or kicking at a different door to the residence. Although he did damage to the door, officers said he wasn't able to get inside. One of the men said he was able to get Borovikov to walk away from the house.
But then, the men said Bowen had gone back inside his home through another door and grabbed a knife. The men said they tried to get Bowen to put the knife down, but he went out the door Borovikov had been pounding on.
The men said Bowen then ran up to Borovikov and began striking him, sending him to the ground. Bowen had to be pulled off of Borovikov.
The men said they initially though Bowen had only punched Borovikov, but they had heard him saying something to the effect of, "How do you like that knife, (expletive)?"
The men said they could then see Borovikov was bleeding. They said Bowen ran away with the knife, grabbed the ex-girlfriend and they both left in his car.
All three men said Bowen was the aggressor and had gone after Borovikov.
Borovikov had to undergo surgery at St. Elizabeth Hospital, and his doctor told officers Borovikov nearly died due to severe blood loss, describing the wounds as serious and life-threatening.
Borovikov sustained a large cut across his chest, multiple stab wounds to his back, side and chest, and cuts across his neck and on the side of his head and ear.
This is not the first time Bowen has been involved in violent activity. Court documents say Bowen was convicted of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, battery and criminal mischief in March of 2010.
Bowen faces multiple charges: aggravated battery, a Class B felony; battery committed by means of a deadly weapon, a Class C felony; battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class C felony; and criminal recklessness committed by means of a deadly weapon resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class C felony.
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