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Liquor store’s patrons help IMPD catch stabbing suspect

Christopher Baptiste (Photo Provided/Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis police on Monday credited the patrons of a liquor store for their help in the capture of a suspect in a Saturday stabbing on the near-northwest side.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was called just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday to a report of a person stabbed in the 1100 block of Burdsal Parkway. That’s just off the Central Canal Trail between the White River and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

Officers found a man with stab wounds. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition. IMPD did not identify the man in a news release issued Monday morning.

In the same block, patrons in the parking lot of Community Spirits liquor store, 1101 Burdsal Parkway, pointed police toward to a man walking down the street and said he’d committed the stabbing, the release said. Officers caught up with Christopher Baptiste, 47, and found a knife and other evidence in his duffel bag to connect him with the stabbing.

Police later learned Baptiste was wanted on a Marion County warrant for theft, the release said, and he was arrested for the warrant and a preliminary charge of aggravated battery. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will determine whether to criminally charge Baptiste.

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