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17-year-old faces potential adult charges following summer camp stabbing

New details have emerged from an investigation into a stabbing at a Jacobs School of Music summer camp last Friday at Merrill Hall on campus.

According to the Bloomington Herald-Times, a 17-year-old Bloomington resident knocked on a practice room door where a 13-year-old Florida girl attending the music school’s Summer String Academy was.

He told her a faculty member needed to see her on the fourth floor and escorted her to an elevator. When they reached the fourth floor, he attacked her with a small folding knife.

The victim was able to get away and ran down four flights of stairs before notifying someone about the attack. She was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital where she was treated for multiple, nonlife-threatening wounds. She was released from the hospital Friday.

Police located the suspect at his home after campers and staff identified him. He surrendered to police and was taken to a juvenile detention center. The suspect reportedly attended the Summer String Academy in 2018 with the victim but was not enrolled in this year’s session. Police were unsure if the suspect and victim knew each other.

Monroe County Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Kehr said to the Herald-Times he anticipates charges to be filed against the suspect, and the Prosecutor's Office is still considering if the 17-year-old suspect will be tried as an adult or a juvenile.

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