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West Lafayette teen accused of 'spontaneously" stabbing his father

According to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office, Douglas Vanderwielen, 48, is expected to live after being stabbed multiple times Saturday.

Posted: Jan 28, 2019 4:25 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Douglas Vanderwielen, 48, called 911 around 3:20 a.m. Saturday to report he had been stabbed multiple times by his 17-year-old son. 

Vanderwielen's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police are not yet naming the teen. They are waiting to see if the prosecutor charges him as an adult. 

Vanderwielen told deputies the incident was "spontaneous".

The sheriff's office told News 18 they suspect the teen was on an illegal substance at the time of the alleged crimes. 

When the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office got to Vanderwielen's house on Sunnycroft Place in West Lafayette, he ran out with stab wounds to the back of his head, shoulder and surrounding areas.

His son shortly followed after him and dropped the knife for police.

However, the sheriff's office said the teen tried to fight deputies when they arrested him.

We are told at least one of the deputies had his body camera on during the arrest.

At this point, the teen is still seeking treatment at the hospital for the alleged illegal substance he was on at the time of the incident.

He will be taken to the Tippecanoe County Jail once he is released. 

The prosecutor will then decide whether to charge the teen and if those charges will be in adult court. 

Right now, the teen faces preliminary charges of attempted murder, domestic battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon, resisting law enforcement and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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