POLICE: Osceola resident smokes meth, stabs a man and his dog before stealing vehicle

St. Joseph County Police

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- The St. Joseph County Police have arrested 37-year-old Keith A. Ball, of Osceola, on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery with a deadly weapon, auto theft, and mutilation of a vertebrate animal. 

Authorities say they were called to the 10000 block of Douglas Road in St. Jospeh County around 10 pm. on Monday, May 27 for a report of a stabbing.

"Upon arrival, officers located a 50-year-old male victim with multiple cuts, stab wounds, and internal injuries along with a dog also with multiple cuts and stab wounds," police said. "According to witnesses, [Ball] ran from the home immediately after the stabbing, then fled in a vehicle stolen from the residence."

The victim told police that he and Ball had been sitting in the living room smoking methamphetamine right before Ball stabbing him.

"The victim also said the dog saved his life by biting Ball and intervening in the attack enough to prevent Ball from killing him," police said. "Both the male and the dog stabbing victims are expected to survive their injuries."

A few days later, on May 29, Ball was arrested and on Friday, May 31, he was officially charged with five crimes, all of which are felonies.

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