Stabbing suspect arrested in Chicago-land

Yoder, 18, faces attempted murder charge


The woman wanted in connection to an Independence Day weekend stabbing was in custody Friday near Chicago, police said.

Blessing Yoder, 18, was arrested Thursday afternoon at a hotel in the southwestern suburb of Countryside, Illinois after local officers found her in a truck that had been reported stolen from Indiana and learned she had a warrant, according to an incident report from the Countryside Police Department.

Yoder faces attempted murder and other felony charges in the stabbing of her sister with a kitchen knife at a Crawfordsville apartment complex on July 5, court records show. She was arrested without incident and held for a bond hearing on a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle, according to police.

“We have sent our investigators there to interview her,” Crawfordsville Police Chief Mike Norman said.

The day after the Fourth of July, police responded to a Shady Knoll apartment after a resident heard a woman screaming that she had been stabbed. An officer found Laura Thorpe, 29, in a bedroom and bleeding from multiple wounds, according to court records. Police determined she had locked herself inside the room.

Thorpe named Yoder as the person who stabbed her, and doctors at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville discovered she also had been burned with a hot liquid, police said. Officers said a stove burner was on inside the apartment.

Thorpe was later transferred to Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis for further treatment. Police did not have an update on her condition Friday.

Officers identified Yoder using footage from a nearby tenant’s doorbell video, according to court records. Investigators searching the apartment said they found a “to do” list allegedly written by Yoder indicating she wanted to kill her sister, destroy the evidence and move to Florida.


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