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UPDATE:Bloomington police investigate stabbing, man injured


The Bloomington Police Department is investigating a Monday morning robbery and battery where a 19-year-old man sustained multiple stab wounds.

BPD has three suspects, and two have been arrested, Sgt. Dana Cole said.

Officers went to the IU Health Bloomington Hospital emergency room around 4 a.m. Monday in regards to the victim’s injuries. Cole said the victim’s stab wounds were mostly superficial, but he did sustain a somewhat serious wound to the chest. Police said the victim is not from Bloomington.

The victim told officers he was in his car around the area of 17th Street and North Maple Street when he was approached by several known subjects, Cole said. Two people in the group, one armed with a knife, reportedly attacked the victim, Cole said. 

After the attack and robbery, the victim’s friend, who was also in the car, drove the victim to the hospital, Cole said.

The victim was communicating with a 17-year-old woman through text messages, and police believe the two were arranging a drug deal at the 17th Street location, Cole said. Police believe there was a small group of individuals present, but the victim could not give police a concrete number. It is unclear how any individuals who were present in addition to the three suspects were involved, Cole said.

The woman reportedly took multiple items from the car while the other two suspects attacked the victim, Cole said. She was arrested and brought to the Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village, a juvenile detention center in Vincennes, Indiana. She will be tried as an adult and was charged with misdemeanor battery and robbery, a Level 3felony.

The other man, Brandon Spencer, 19, of Bedford, Indiana, was arrested and is facing the same charges as the woman.

The third suspect, a 17-year-old male, was at large but was arrested Tuesday, Cole said. He will face a battery charge, a level three felony.

The man who was stabbed is still in the hospital as of Wednesday, where his condition is unknown.

This story was updated 1 p.m. Wednesday to reflect infromation from a Wednesday morning press briefing with BPD.

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