SOUTH BEND A man is dead after being stabbed in the chest Friday morning. He was taken off life support.
Police say 35-year-old Mario Kinds, was walking by the home in the 600 block of Portage when a woman, who has not yet been identified, asked her if she wanted to "party".
The victim told Kinds to come inside where the two allegedly consumed cocaine and alcohol Friday morning.
The woman told police she did not know Kinds and told him he needed to leave because she needed to take a shower and get ready for work. Kinds was reportedly given a bottle of alcohol and left the home.
The woman told police she closed the door, and Kinds knocked. He allegedly forced his way inside the home and hit her over the head with the bottle of alcohol, knocking the woman "dizzy".
He reportedly pushed her down onto a couch and armed himself with a knife. Kinds allegedly told the woman to perform oral sex on him while he was waving around the knife.
The woman told police she feared for her life and complied, but then fought back. She said she used a knife to get away from Kinds, and then stabbed the man in the chest. She then ran across the street looking for help.
The man was found in the street on Lafayette. He reportedly tried to stop passing vehicles, asking for help.
“He fled the scene and was found a block away from here with a chest wound from the knife and is in serious critical condition at the hospital and they're operating on him now,” said Lt. David Wells, Assistant Commander of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit.
The man was taken to Memorial Hospital and rushed into surgery. At the time, Kinds did not have any identification on him. He was monitored by hospital staff over the next several hours and reportedly had no brain activity because of the amount of blood loss and trauma during the assault.
The man was identified by fingerprint analysis. His family was then contacted by hospital staff. Kinds' family authorized him to be removed from life support. He died following the removal.
The woman was hospitalized but her injuries are not life threatening according to police.
“This was definitely not random, this was an invited guest to this residence and then at some point things went bad,” said Capt. Phil Trent with the South Bend Police Department. Capt. Trent says the initial 911 call mistakenly indicated that the man may have been an intruder.
Police also say that officers were familiar with the apartment in question since they had been called there nine times since late December for “A little bit of everything, from confrontations to loudness to disorderly conduct, neighbors just reporting that there's some sort of melee. It’s been on our radar for several months now,” said Capt. Trent.
A neighbor who says she stayed with the woman until officers arrived, says she heard the woman say that “he was going to kill me” and that “he wants my money.”
The woman was released without being charged with any crime in the case.