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Neighbor who chased stabbing suspect shares story

A stabbing in Lafayette landed one man in the hospital and another in jail.

Posted: Jul. 26, 2018 12:08 AM
Updated: Jul. 26, 2018 5:25 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A stabbing in Lafayette landed one man in the hospital and another in jail.

Police said the stabbing took place midday at the corner of 18th and Morton streets.

They have now identified the suspect as 29-year-old Steven Brown.

When police arrived, they said Brown was already being held by neighbors a couple blocks away.

Those neighbors can hardly believe what they witnessed.

“I wasn’t going to chase him at first,” said Jeremiah Smith. “Something just told me to go after him. I saw a couple of guys wrestling around on the ground. I told my buddy to pull over and the guy immediately got up and tried to dart away,” said Smith. “I already had my phone out and was calling the police.”

Police said the victim came home from work and was stabbed outside his door. They added several witnesses chased down the suspect and kept him in sight until they arrived on the scene.

“He fell himself. His pants were at his ankles, down to his knees,” said Smith.

Steven Brown is in custody and police said they are looking for a motive. Police said there’s no immediately obvious connection between the suspect and the victim. One neighbor said incidents like this don’t happen in the neighborhood.

“There was a violent encounter down the street and this is something that generally doesn’t happen,” said Perry Brown, who lives nearby and is also the city councilman for Lafayette District 3. “This isn’t something that I want to happen in my neighborhood. Not here and not now. Not ever.”

Another neighbor said she is scared for her 5-year-old grandson because he likes to play outside.

“I’m probably not going to let him out. We’ll just stay in the house because like I said he normally plays right here and I’m just right there on the porch,” said Tanya Myers. “I don’t feel safe outside anymore and it’s not really fair to the little kids, but safer is always better. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Stephen Brown faces preliminary charges of battery, criminal recklessness and intimidation, all with a deadly weapon.

At this time, the victim has not been publicly named by police.

They are waiting to interview him at the hospital.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

News 18 will continue to follow this case as we learn more.

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