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Car stolen in EC South Shore stabbing found in Indy, suspect remains at large

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The Honda stolen from a Chicago man stabbed in the restroom of the East Chicago South Shore train station has been recovered in Indianapolis.

The suspect in the stabbing, however—Jawaun Dontell Woods, 24, of Gary—remains at large, NICTD Transit Police Chief Bob Byrd told the Chesterton Tribune today.

On Sunday night, Byrd said, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department recovered the Honda in the area of 17th Street and Broadway Street, near Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The car—which had sustained minor accident damage but was still drivable—was found abandoned in the middle of an intersection. “He stopped at a stop sign, got out, and just walked away.”

Video surveillance tape pulled at a nearby CVS Pharmacy and a Citgo was used to positively identify Woods, Byrd added.

The stabbing occurred on Monday, Nov. 26, and in the days after the incident the Transit Police confirmed that Woods was still in Northwest Indiana. “He’d been up here,” Byrd said. “We’ve had sighting from friends of his. He was in Gary for a couple of days. Then he fled to Indianapolis and abandoned the car. Where he is today, I don’t know.”

Woods—who police said should be considered armed and dangerous—has been formally charged in Lake County with attempted murder, attempted murder while committing a robbery, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, and carjacking.

The incident occurred at 5:42 p.m. Nov. 26, when a 28-year-old Chicago man using a restroom in the East Chicago South Shore station was approached from behind by a man who pulled his head backward and then slashed his throat with a knife.

The victim attempted to fight his attacker, who kept yelling “Give me your keys or I will kill you,” police said. The victim subsequently did throw his keys, cell phone, and wallet to the ground and the suspect took them, then fled the station and stole the victim’s car, a silver 2005 Honda.

Woods was identified as the suspect after Transit Police determined that, 40 minutes after the incident, Woods used the victim’s stolen credit card to purchase three Lady Gaga CDs at a Lansing, Ill., Wal-Mart, police said.

“Video obtained from the store, along with telephone calls from the public, helped to identify Woods as a suspect in this case,” police said. “The victim was later able to identify Woods as his attacker from a police photo line-up.”

The Chicago man was treated at an area hospital and released.

Posted 12/6/2012