Press release: Suspect preliminarily charged with attempted murder after stabbing at Bloomington hotel

The arrest of a 24-year-old man after a stabbing at a Bloomington hotel early Thursday morning was announced in a press release from the Bloomington Police Department Thursday. The suspect is being preliminarily charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a 27-year-old man, but the criminal investigation is ongoing.

Here is the text of the press release:



July 29th, 2021

For more information, please contact:

Captain Ryan Pedigo

Bloomington Police Department


[email protected]

Bloomington Police Investigate Stabbing

The Bloomington Police Department is investigating a stabbing at a hotel on the north side of the city. One victim is currently hospitalized as a result of the stabbing.

The investigation is ongoing, but one man has been arrested.

Ian XV Thorpe, 24, of Bloomington, has been arrested and preliminarily charged with Attempted Murder, level 1 felony.

On July 29th at approximately 1:08 a.m., officers responded to the Wingate by Wyndham hotel, located at 1722 N. Walnut Street, in reference to a disturbance. It was reported that a woman was running throughout the hotel asking for help and a man was walking through the building covered in blood. Upon the arrival of officers, the male victim was located in a room on the second floor. He was identified as a 27 year-old man from Ellettsville, Indiana. The victim had stab wounds to both his left arm and chest. An ambulance from IU Health Bloomington Hospital transported the victim to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

While investigating at the scene, it was determined that the stabbing had occurred in the parking lot of the hotel. The victim and suspect had reportedly gotten into a physical altercation and at some point during the fight, the victim had been stabbed multiple times. A female witness as well as the victim were able to provide investigators with the name of the suspect.

As officers continued the investigation, a blue Ford Escape was observed in the parking lot of the hotel and appeared to be attempting to drive through the crime scene, which had been cordoned off with crime scene tape by investigators. The vehicle was stopped by officers and a man was observed lying in the back seat of the SUV. This man was eventually identified as the suspect, Ian Thorpe. Thorpe was taken into custody without incident and transported to police headquarters for an interview. After the interview, Thorpe was transported to the Monroe County Jail and remanded for the charge of Attempted Murder. Investigators then returned to the area of the stabbing and located clothing believed to have been worn by Thorpe at the time of the altercation as well as the knife believed to have been used in the assault.

The victim is currently at IU Health Bloomington Hospital in stable condition.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call Detective Blake McCamey at (812)339-4477.


Under Indiana law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Attached is a booking photo of Ian Thorpe courtesy of the Monroe County Jail.”

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