Police didn’t have to look far to find a South Bend teenager believed to be responsible for Wednesday’s brutal stabbing in the 1800 block of North Wilber Street.
According to court documents, the alleged attacker and his victim lived across the street from one another.
16 year old Cameron Lewis faces charges of Attempted Murder, Criminal Deviate Conduct, and Robbery. Each charge is a class A felony that carries a possible sentence of 20 to 50 years.
The victim is a woman in her 50’s. She is not being identified because one of the charges involves sexual assault.
According to court documents, the woman’s throat had been “deeply slashed numerous times and she was bleeding profusely.” Court documents also indicate that the woman’s lung was punctured as the result of a deep stab wound to her back.
The woman’s injuries were so serious that Cameron Lewis allegedly told police he thought he had killed the woman, so he dragged her down the basement and left the home.
Somehow, the woman managed to call police. According to court documents, “When she called 911, she told dispatch that she believed that the assailant was one of the neighbor boys from across the street.”
By the time police arrived, the woman was too weak to open the door. Doctors performed emergency surgery and she is said to be recovering at the hospital.
Court documents say that when police searched Cameron Lewis’ room, they found a bloody yellow hoodie and bloody knives in the closet.
Court documents also indicate that Lewis gave a statement to police saying he went to the woman’s home demanding money, but she refused and became loud.
While court documents indicate Cameron Lewis attended school, they did not specify which school.
Lewis was arrested on Wednesday and is in custody at the St. Joseph County Jail with a bond set at $300,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.