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Man allegedly stabs woman over TV remote on Valentine’s Day


SOUTH BEND, Ind.—A man allegedly stabbed a woman over a TV remote on Valentine’s Day, according to court documents.

Just after 4 a.m. on February 14, officers with the South Bend Police Department were dispatched to an apartment located in the 600 block of W. Western Ave. regarding a stabbing.

When officers arrived in the hallway outside of the apartment, they located a female looking down the hallway from an open door. As officers got closer, they observed blood on the floor and the female holding a t-shirt on her left arm, which was bleeding, reports said.

The female was identified as Jeanette Perkins.

After officers called medics and led Perkins away from the door, they located 59-year-old Edward Townsend inside of the apartment, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Officers noticed that Townsend had difficulty walking when commanded to do so and they noted Townsend had lost major usage of his legs due to a previous stroke, reports said.

Perkins was taken to Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening stab wounds to her leg and arm.

Perkins told police that she and Townsend were lying in bed when she asked Townsend for the TV remote so she could change the channel.

According to police reports, Perkins said she was able to get the remote but Townsend told her to give it back.

Perkins said that Townsend then attempted to hit her with a closed fist, but Perkins blocked it with her arm.

According to court documents, Perkins said that when she moved her leg to kick Townsend, he stabbed her in the leg and twice in the arm and then the knife broke.

Perkins told police that Townsend then followed her into the kitchen and grabbed a large butcher knife and threatened to stab her.

Perkins called police and Townsend went back to the bedroom. Reports said that Townsend threatened to kill Perkins throughout the incident.

Officers retrieved a blade and handle of a broken knife in the bedroom and a red stained large knife from the kitchen sink.

Townsend is being held at St. Joseph County Jail without bond and is scheduled to be in court on February 20.

Townsend is officially charged with one count of domestic battery, a level 5 felony.

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