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Kokomo landlord accused of stabbing ex-tenant, resisting law enforcement

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Posted at 5:22 PM, Oct 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-23 17:22:33-04

KOKOMO, Ins. -- Howard County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man accused of stabbing a former tenant during an argument Friday night.

According to a release from the department, deputies arrived at a home in the 500 block of Naphew Lane shortly before 11 p.m. Friday to find 30-year-old Joshua Suiter suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen.

Deputies found Suiter lying on the grass holding a rag to his stomach. He told them he’d gone to a nearby residence to confront his prior landlord, 46-year-old Mark Peselli, about a text message Peselli had allegedly sent his wife.

Suiter said an altercation ensued, during which Peselli stabbed him.

Suiter was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Kokomo and later to a hospital in Indianapolis.

Peselli reportedly told police he’s been harassed by Suiter ever since he had him evicted.

He said he felt intimidated and threatened when Suiter confronted him, and so he pulled out his pocket knife.

Peselli told police that while he was trying to push Suiter away, he accidentally stuck him with the knife.

According to police, when deputies arrived on scene Peselli began working toward them in a “highly agitated state.”

Police said Peselli ignored verbal commands to stop, at which pointed they deployed a Taser.

Peselli was arrested on a preliminary charge of resisting law enforcement and booked into the Howard County Jail.

As of Monday afternoon, Peselli was being held at the jail on a $10,000 bond.

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