By MIKE FLETCHER
For the Pharos-Tribune
KOKOMO — The evidence is stacking up against Nathan Dodson, police say.
After his arrest Tuesday on an attempted murder charge, Dodson is accused in the Saturday rape and stabbing of a 20-year-old woman at Pine Valley Apartments, 100 E. Center Road.
According to police, Dodson, 25, had been seen “peeping” in the victim’s windows several months before the attack and once walked into her apartment while she was dressed in only in a robe, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.
Police found the victim about 5:30 a.m. Saturday on the floor of her bedroom suffering from an estimated 13 stab wounds.
Other evidence pointing to Dodson include a shoe print, a blood-stained blanket and a sweatshirt he was reportedly wearing, according to police.
The victim remains hospitalized, but is doing better, police said.
She told police her neighbor, who was later identified as Dodson, raped and stabbed her, court records show. She told police she didn’t know his name, but police say her description of the attacker matched that of Dodson. She also said he was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.
When police first questioned Dodson at his apartment several hours after the crime, he denied being in the woman’s apartment.
During that questioning, detectives say they noticed several clues — a strong odor of bleach and a red-stained blanket in his apartment. Dodson said he had been doing his laundry, which caused the odor.
A field test conducted later in the investigation revealed the stain on the blanket was blood, the court records show.
When police checked the laundry room in his apartment, inside the washer they found a gray hooded sweatshirt with what appeared to be a blood stain.
Inside the victim’s apartment, detectives found more evidence. Police discovered a screen that had been cut on a small window located over the kitchen sink. Detectives also found a shoe print in the sink that matched a pair of shoes found in Dodson’s apartment, according to the affidavit.
Detectives found Dodson Tuesday in Logansport after police there received a tip he was hiding out in a wooded area there, Kokomo police reported.
Dodson will be arraigned Wednesday on the attempted murder charge at the Howard County jail, where he is being held on a $250,000 bail.
By MIKE FLETCHER
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