WINAMAC — A Pulaski County man is facing a charge of attempted murder after a victim was hospitalized with extensive injuries.

Det. Sgt. Jason E. Woodruff with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said officers responded to the incident at about 5 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

A press release from the sheriff's office states they were responding to a 911 call from a cellular telephone regarding "a possible felonious assault at an unknown location."

Woodruff said the identity of the caller remains under investigation.

Deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office and Cass County Sheriff's Department responded to an area near 900 South and 440 East in Pulaski County after the location of the cellular telephone was obtained, according to the press release.

There, Woodruff said deputies located an abandoned vehicle on the side of the road belonging to Todd E. Schultz, 44. He added the vehicle was not damaged. The press release states officers found "evidence at the scene indicating a subject had been injured in the area."

The ensuing investigation led officers to Schultz's residence near Star City, where he was found to have "extensive injuries to his head and face," according to the press release. He was assisted at the scene by EMS personnel and transferred by Samaritan Medical Transport to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

According to information released by Parkview, Schultz was not at the hospital Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Woodruff said he could not yet comment on whether an object or weapon was used in the alleged battery.

"At this point in time, that's still being investigated," he said.

Kevin E. Holcomb, 45, Star City, arrived to the area where Schultz's vehicle was discovered at about 6 a.m. Sunday, Woodruff said. Holcomb was then taken into custody and transported the Pulaski County Jail.

Woodruff said the arrest was based on statements made by Holcomb and witnesses. He said it was too early in the investigation to disclose the details of these statements or what a motive for the alleged battery may have been.

"There's still some people we're talking to and still some things we're looking into," Woodruff said.

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Michael A. Shurn issued a probable cause order Monday, Dec. 15 charging Holcomb with attempted murder, a level 1 felony and aggravated battery, a level 3 felony.

Holcomb bonded out of jail Tuesday, Dec. 16 and entered a plea of not guilty at an initial court hearing in Pulaski County Circuit Court Wednesday, Dec. 17. He is due back at 8 a.m. Feb. 17, 2015.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Cass County Sheriff's Department, Winamac Police Department, Pulaski County Prosecutor's Office, Pulaski County EMS Personnel and the Star City Fire Department.

Reach Mitchell Kirk at or 574-732-5130

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