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Man in critical condition after Kokomo stabbing, suspect arrested

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Posted at 2:10 PM, Dec 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-09 19:47:42-05

KOKOMO — A Kokomo man is facing an attempted murder charge after another man was critically injured in a stabbing earlier this week.

Kokomo Police responded to a home in the 2100 block of North Diamond Street Monday night and found a 55-year-old man with multiple stab wounds, including two on his neck..

He was taken to a Kokomo hospital, where court documents say the victim had to be resuscitated several times. He was later flown to an Indianapolis hospital. where as of Thursday he remains in critical but stable condition.

Halden Totten, 36, of Kokomo, was also found at the location with hand injuries.

Totten was treated and released. Kokomo police said Friday that Totten had been located and arrested.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Totten initially told police he was talking to the victim in the yard when an unknown man came out of nowhere and began stabbing the victim.

A witness said the victim went outside and later heard yelling and screaming. She saw him on his knees bleeding and Totten holding his neck.

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Halden Totten, 36, is wanted for attempted murder after a stabbing in Kokomo on Dec. 5, 2022.

A knife was recovered from a nearby storm drain.

In an interview with police, Totten again mentioned the unknown man who stabbed the victim.

A second witness who was in the home at the time told police Totten though the victim stole a backpack from a camper. She said after talking to the victim about the backpack inside the house, she saw Totten stabbing the victim multiple times.

The affidavit says during a cell phone conversation, Totten mentioned the backpack argument and that there was a "scuffle" with the victim.

He is charged with a single count of attempted murder.