The Gary man accused of slashing a Chicago man’s throat in the restroom of
the East Chicago South Shore train station was taken into custody on Dec. 7
in Indianapolis, after he reported being stabbed himself in a dispute with
an acquaintance, the NICTD Transit Police said.
Jawaun Dontell Woods, 24, was transported to Crown Point late last week and
booked into the Lake County Jail on the following charges: attempted murder,
attempted murder while committing a robbery, robbery resulting in serious
bodily injury, and carjacking.
If convicted on all counts, Woods would face a maximum term of 170 years.
Transit Police Chief Bob Byrd has suspected that Woods was in Indianapolis
at least since Dec. 2, when the Honda which he is accused of stealing in
East Chicago on Nov. 26 was found abandoned by Indianapolis Metro PD in the
middle of an intersection at 17th Street and Broadway Street.
Video surveillance tape pulled at a nearby CVS Pharmacy and a Citgo was used
to positively identify Woods.
His whereabouts were unknown, however.
Then, on Dec. 7, Woods himself called 911 to report that he’d been stabbed
at an apartment on North Pennsylvania Street, according to the IMPD report.
“Mr. Woods reported an argument between himself and the suspect escalated to
a physical assault,” the report states. “The victim reported that (the
suspect) retrieved a knife. The victim alleged the suspect began to stab him
repeatedly on various parts of his hands and face.”
Woods sustained a laceration to the forehead and near the left eye and a
laceration to each hand, the report adds.
Woods was transported to a local hospital for treatment but a computer check
showed him to be wanted in Lake County in connection with the attack and
robbery at the East Chicago South Shore station and he was subsequently
transported to the Lake County Jail.
According to Transit Police, at 5:42 p.m. Nov. 26 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
The Chicago man
was treated at an area hospital and released.