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Charges in Valentine's Day Attack

(Fish Lake, IN) - Charges have been filed in connection with a Valentine's Day beating and stabbing in La Porte County.  65-year old Michael Brewer was arraigned Wednesday in La Porte Circuit Court on two counts of level 5 felony battery. 


According to Police, he allegedly battered and stabbed his roommate, 32- year old Calvin Swanson, at a home on Cherry Street in Fish Lake.   When officers arrived, police said the suspect would not come out of the residence as ordered.  Eventually, police said Brewer did come out after chemical agents were placed inside the home.


Police said the victim, bleeding from the stabbing and other injuries suffered during the encounter, was taken to the hospital.


According to court documents, Brewer allegedly poured a cup of hot coffee on Swanson while he was sleeping on a couch.  The now empty cup was smashed over the head of Swanson and Brewer also landed several punches then while the men were on the floor Brewer stabbed Swanson in the leg, court records disclosed.


Swanson apparently had been living there since December.  According to court documents, Brewer told police he was upset Swanson had been stealing from him and refused to be intimate with him that evening.  Brewer said they are not dating but they do engage in sexual activity with each other, according to court records. 


Brewer was being held in the La Porte County Jail on $15,000 bond. 

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