PD: Man attacked, stabbed several people around Circle Centre Mall area

Suspect taken into custody

INDIANAPOLIS - Three men reported to police that they had dangerous encounters with the same man Monday in the area of Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police (IMPD) said the first incident was reported just before 1 a.m. when a man flagged down an officer in the area of 200 S. Meridian St. The man told officers he had been attacked near the Conrad Hotel on Washington Street. Officers said the man had approached a white male wearing a green shirt and asked the man for a cigarette. The man reportedly became "crazy" and hit victim No. 1 under the chin. Victim No. 1 told police the man had a knife and was waving it around, then ran away. Police said victim No. 1 did have a cut under his chin.

That suspect was later identified by police as Larry Johnson, 27.

Then, IMPD said the second incident happened about 1:30 a.m. near Maryland and Illinois streets when another man reported being cut in his throat. Victim No. 2 stopped a Marion County sheriff's deputy in the area of Maryland and Illinois streets with a cut to the left side of his throat.

The man told the deputy he had been walking along the sidewalk when a white male passing him lunged out and cut his throat with a knife. Victim No. 2 said he had no idea why he had been attacked. He was quickly transported to Wishard Hospital.

Then, a third incident was reported that brought another detective into the investigation. A man reported to police that he had been asleep downtown when he woke up because a white male had cut his face.

The stabbing suspect was arrested a few blocks away from victim No. 2's location after police saw him carrying a knife. Detectives said the unidentified suspect tried to throw the knife when he saw officers approaching him.

Victim No. 3 was taken to identify the suspect, and IMPD said he positively identified the man as Johnson.

The victims' conditions are not yet known, but they are expected to live.

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