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IMPD identifies Cultural Trail stabbing suspect; accused of attacking 3 more women

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has identified a man accused of stabbing a jogger on the Cultural Trail. According to court documents, he attacked three other women on the same day.

IMPD has arrested 37-year-old Victor Johnson in the case.

He faces preliminary charges of criminal confinement, rape, aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon, battery resulting in moderate bodily injury and intimidation, according to online jail records.

Online jail records indicate Johnson will appear in court on Thursday morning.

Johnson is accused of stabbing a female jogger on the afternoon of June 18 near Walnut and Illinois streets. Court documents acquired by News 8 state the woman was stabbed in the neck. He was arrested just minutes after the stabbing took place.

Court documents also state three more women were attacked on June 18 just minutes before the jogger was attacked.

A mother and daughter said Johnson attacked them near the Indiana War Memorial and called them “whores and filthy whores,” according to court documents. They said Johnson had a steak knife wrapped in a hand towel.

They said they also saw him attack a woman who was lying on a blanket in the park. That woman said she had no strength due to a heart surgery two days prior.

News 8 has spoken to another woman who believes the same man pulled a knife on her downtown on June 17. IMPD has not confirmed if the cases are connected.

When we met up again with her Wednesday, she said she’s 90 percent certain it’s the same man after looking at Johnson’s arrest photo.

“Looking at the picture, it was shocking at first because when I looked at the picture, I thought he looked older than what I remember.”

Still, having confirmation that police have a suspect behind bars doesn’t provide a large amount of relief.

“I don’t know if that makes me feel better because I’m thinking that this shouldn’t have happened since this guy should have been caught.”

She said she’s going to start carrying pepper spray in the future.

Meanwhile, there’s nothing in the court system which connects Johnson with her case.

Johnson is in the Marion County Jail on a $200,000 bond and due back in court Thursday morning.

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