Two juveniles referred to juvenile probation after Saturday morning stabbing; Suspects had not been at the party

The Bloomington Police Department referred two juvenile males to probation after a stabbing early Saturday morning after they were identified. One suspect is believed to have kicked in the door, and the other is alleged to be responsible for the actual stabbing, according to the Bloomington Police Department.

Police clarified that the two suspects were never at the party, but had never been allowed to attend the party, so entered anyway before the stabbing occurred.

Here is the full text of the BPD press release:

On October 31st, a detective continued the investigation into the stabbing that occurred at a house party in the 400 block of N Dunn Street during the early morning hours of October 29th. A photo of one of the individuals believed to be involved in kicking in the door to the residence was posted to the Bloomington Police Facebook page and public assistance with identifying the individual was sought. BPD received numerous tips and the male was identified as a 17 year-old juvenile from Bloomington. The investigating detective was able to locate the juvenile and interview him. At the completion of the interview, the juvenile was referred to Juvenile Probation for the charges of Burglary, level 2 felony; Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon, level 5 felony; and Battery Resulting in Injury, class A misdemeanor. He was transported to a secure juvenile detention center.

It was determined that another 17 year-old from Bloomington was also involved in the event and was believed to be responsible for the actual stabbing. That juvenile male was also located by investigators and brought to the Bloomington Police Department for an interview. At the conclusion of the interview, that juvenile was also referred to Juvenile Probation for the charges of Burglary, level 2 felony; Aggravated Battery, level 3 felony; and Battery with a Deadly Weapon, level 5 felony. He was also transported to a secure juvenile detention center.

Below is the original information that was sent to media outlets that requested information about the stabbing investigation. It was later determined that the involved juveniles had not actually been kicked out of the party, but had not been allowed inside upon their arrival at the residence, which resulted in them reportedly forcing entry through the door of the house.

On 10/29 at approximately 12:35 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of N Dunn Street in reference to a report of a stabbing. Upon the arrival of officers, a 19 year-old man was located in the living room of the residence with a shirt wrapped around his left forearm, which was bleeding heavily. Individuals at the residence advised investigators that there was a large party at the house and some individuals had been kicked out of the party due to them causing problems. Witnesses stated that one of the individuals that had been kicked out, who was described as a “college-age” white male, produced a large knife and began waving it around near the rear entry door of the residence. A person therefore shut the door to keep the armed man out and multiple people then reportedly began kicking the door, eventually causing it to break and open. The individuals that had been kicked out of the party then entered the residence and started a fight with several party-goers in the living room. The man armed with a knife then stabbed the victim in the arm before fleeing from the house. A 20 year-old man also suffered a laceration above his eye, but it is unknown if the knife caused the injury. No individuals matching the description of those involved in the altercation were located in the area.

The stabbing victim was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital by ambulance, where he received treatment for the wound. The victim was reported to be in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries. It is unknown if any of the involved parties are students at Indiana University. The investigation is active and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jeff Rodgers at (812)339-4477.

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