Bloomington police arrest stabbing suspect Thursday; woman stabbed in neck at hotel

A 29-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed a 43-year-old woman in a hotel room Thursday morning, said Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo.

Officers responded to a hotel in the 1700 block of N. Walnut around 5:15 a.m. Thursday, and officers determined that a woman had been stabbed. The woman told police Christopher Marrero, who is unhoused, began arguing with her then stabbed her in the neck with a knife, according to Pedigo.

Police arrested Marrero, who had a folding knife in his possession, in the 1100 block of N. Madison Thursday afternoon around 3:25 p.m. Marrero will be charged with attempted murder, and attempted robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, both felonies.

Bloomington Police Capt. Ryan Pedigo released the following information to the media Friday morning:

“On July 1st at approximately 5:15 a.m., officers responded to the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel, located at 1722 N Walnut Street, in reference to a welfare check on a female that was bleeding from her neck. Upon arrival, officers determined that the 43 year-old woman had been stabbed. Investigators were able to speak with the woman before she was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital by ambulance. The woman reported that her boyfriend, who she identified as Christopher Marrero (29, transient), had been arguing with her and she had gotten out of bed and sat in a nearby chair. While seated in the chair, she reported that Marrero got extremely mad and got up and lunged at her. She initially reported that she thought Marrero was going to grab her by the neck but instead he stabbed her neck with a knife, which resulted in a very large gash. After the stabbing, she said Marrero demanded that she give him her credit card, which she refused to do. She stated that he then wrapped the knife that he had used to stab her in a hotel towel and fled from the room. 

There were two other individuals present inside the room when the stabbing occurred who also witnessed it. Officers attempted to locate Marrero throughout the morning but were unsuccessful. At approximately 3:25 p.m., officers responded to the 1100 block of N Madison for a suspicious person call and located Christopher Marrero. He was taken into custody without incident and a folding knife was located on his person during a search incident to arrest. He was transported to the hospital for jail clearance purposes, then eventually remanded to custody of the Monroe County Jail for the charge of Attempted Murder, level 1 felony. It is believed that the victim will be required to undergo surgery to repair the injury to her neck.”

All charges are mere allegations unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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