A Center Township man was in stable condition this morning after being
stabbed by a stranger whom he’d let in his home to use the phone, the Porter
County Sheriff’s Police.
Meanwhile, the alleged stabber, a Valparaiso woman, has been charged with
According to police, at 3:52 p.m. an officer was dispatched to the scene of
an accident on Marigold Lane, where a woman who reportedly appeared
intoxicated had crashed her vehicle into a ditch. While trying to find the
vehicle in question, the officer located a 64-year-old man alongside the
roadway, in the 1900 block of Crescent Road, who had just been stabbed.
The man—who was transported to Porter Regional Hospital with
life-threatening stab wounds to his chest and cuts to his hands and
face—advised police that his assailant was a woman who had asked to use his
Investigators subsequently took Billie Jo Moore, 49, into custody near the
The initial investigation indicates that Moore had crashed her vehicle into
the ditch, then walked to Crescent Road, where the 64-year-old man was
outside getting his mail, police said. Moore asked the man whether she could
use his phone, he let her inside, and shortly after entering the man’s home
Moore grabbed a knife from the kitchen table, went into the living room, and
attacked the man “for unknown reasons,” police said.
Moore was treated for minor injuries at Porter hospital, where she tested
positive for cocaine and marijuana in her system, police said.
Sgt. Larry LaFlower told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that the
victim was in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit.
Aggravated battery is a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20
years. Moore is being held without bond pending her initial appearance in
court late today or sometime on Friday.