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Porter PD: Man charged with criminal recklessness after stabbing his friend

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A Porter resident has been charged with criminal recklessness after Porter Police said that he stabbed his roommate.

Robert John Campbell, 52, of 412 Lincoln St., was booked into the Porter County Jail on that charge at 5:25 p.m. Nov. 1, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Officer Tawni Komisarcik, at 2:11 a.m. Sept. 22 officers were dispatched to Campbell’s residence after Campbell reported that he had just stabbed his friend, who was renting a room in his home.

Officers made contact with the friend, who was initially uncooperative, and determined that he had sustained a laceration about one inch long to the left side of his abdomen just beneath the rib cage, Komisarcik said. The friend was subsequently transported to Porter Regional Hospital, where surgery was performed to repair a perforated colon.

Campbell, for his part, advised that the incident occurred after his friend had woken him to ask for a loan of $5. The friend “continued to ask for money,” the two began to argue, and Campbell told him to get his stuff and leave. At that point the friend threatened to beat Campbell in front of Campbell’s child, Campbell advised. “This really upset (Campbell), so he grabbed the steak knife that was lying on the kitchen counter and stabbed (his friend),” Komisarcik stated.

“Campbell then threw the knife in the sink and called 911 to report” the incident,” Komisarcik added

Criminal recklessness is a Class D felony punishable by a term of six months to three years.


Posted 11/6/2012