FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man is fighting for his life after being stabbed in the chest at a Fort Wayne assisted living facility Tuesday night. Following the stabbing, police arrested 75-year-old Mirth Laster. He is jail on charges of Aggravated Battery and Batter with a Deadly Weapon.
Fort Wayne officers and medics were called to the Lamplight Inn at 300 E. Washington Boulevard around 10:30 p.m. after a man approached a second-floor nurses station with a knife in the center of his chest, according to court documents. First responders arrived and found a male resident – Eddie Sanders – suffering from apparent stab wounds.
Medics took the man to the hospital in serious condition, but doctors later determined his injuries were life-threatening and downgraded his condition to critical.
Police said staff at the Lamplight Inn identified Laster as a person of interest in the stabbing. According to court documents, Sanders quickly identified Laster as the culprit, and a front desk worker said Laster came toward her with his hands up and he laid on the floor.
She told police she locked Laster between a set of doors at the entranceway, court documents said. Officers quickly apprehended him and took him to the detective bureau to be interviewed.
In custody, Laster reported said, “I f—ed up,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
Based on information gathered during the investigation and interview, Laster faces preliminary charges of Aggravated Battery and Battery with a Deadly Weapon.
James Ouellette, a spokesperson for Lamplight said Laster is not a resident there. According to the probable cause affidavit, an employee told police that Laster had been in and out of the building several times that day to see Sanders.
Jeff Brzescinski said he saw Laster hanging out in the parking lot of the Lamplight Inn, Tuesday afternoon. He said it seemed strange.
“He didn’t speak to anybody, real quiet. Just hung around most of the afternoon,” he said. “The girls at the desk would say hey have you found the friend you’re looking for? And he was like nah… nope.”
It’s still not clear what circumstances led to the stabbing or what a possible motive was.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Fort Wayne Police Department.