A Valparaiso woman accused of stabbing a Center Township man on Wednesday
has been formally charged.
Billie Jo Moore, 49, of 403 E. Jefferson St. No. 2, was charged on Thursday
with aggravated battery, a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20
years; and battery with a deadly weapon, a Class C felony punishable by a
term of two to eight years.
According to the Porter County Sheriff’s Police, Moore had crashed her
vehicle on Marigold Lane in Center Township, then went to a home in the 1900
block of Crescent Road, where a 64-year-old man happened to be outside
retrieving his mail. Police said that Moore asked to use his phone, he
invited her inside and left her in the kitchen, and then shortly thereafter
Moore attacked him in the living room with a knife which he had put on the
The man sustained serious stab wounds to his chest and underwent emergency
surgery at Porter Regional Hospital to repair damage near his heart. On
Thursday morning he was reported in stable condition in the Intensive Care
Police said that Moore—who was taken into custody after found hiding in the
bushes near the man’s home—subsequently tested positive for cocaine and
marijuana in her system.