INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police say a man was critically injured after suffering several stab wounds and a slashed throat in a home on the south side of Indianapolis.
Police responded to a call in the 1000 block of East Gilbert Avenue around 7:30 a.m. When they arrived they found a 34-year-old man stabbed in the chest multiple times, and his throat was slashed.
The injuries occurred with 4 children inside the home.
The father called police and reported finding his friend clinging to life after being stabbed repeatedly with his throat cut.
“There’s a family with four children who lives in the house. The victim of the crime was a friend who was staying here just last night. When the family awoke they found him in the kitchen,” said IMPD Lt. Don Bender.
Police say a language barrier made it hard to interview the family and phones had to be used to translate.
The family who lives in the home is Burmese and of Chin descent.
“Homicides are very rare. I’ve never heard of it before,” said local Chin pastor Rev. Thlaawr Bawihrin. “The Chin community has no homicides never.”
Bawihrin says right now there more than 12 thousand Chin living in Indianapolis, but violent crime rarely takes place because the community is so tight knit.
“We love other people as ourselves, so we respect everyone,” said Bawihrin.
That belief is backed up by statistics.
This year Indianapolis has seen 51 criminal homicides. Zero have involved Asian victims.
The reverend says he can’t remember the last Chin murder victim.
“We love each other and take care of each other. So homicides, I’ve been here 20 years, I’ve never heard of one before,” said Bawihrin.
Right now the victim remains in critical condition.
The case, of course, has not yet been ruled a homicide. Still, homicide detectives are investigating.
Police say there were signs of struggle inside one of the bedrooms, but it’s not clear if anyone broke into the home.
The homeowners were taken in for questioning, but so far no arrests have been made.
Police have also not released any suspect information or a motive for the violence.
Investigators are looking into whether the wounds may have been self-inflicted, but say the language barrier is slowing the investigation.