The stabbing leaves the victim in a critical condition; The suspect was recently released from prison


LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Within days of being released from prison, Glenn Damian Ladd Jr. found himself back in jail on suspicion of stabbing 68-year-old James Hamilton, leaving him in critical condition, according to Lafayette police.

Police said Wednesday morning that Hamilton was speaking with someone in the 1700 block of North 12th Street just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when Ladd approached and attacked him.

Police said they found Hamilton inside a car suffering from multiple stab wounds, and paramedics believed his injuries were so serious that they transported him directly to Purdue Airport on a lifeline flight to an Indianapolis hospital.

Hamilton is reportedly in critical condition.

Ladd was at the scene when officers arrived, police said. They arrested him on suspicion of battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery. He remained in custody Wednesday morning in lieu of bail. Prosecutors have not yet brought formal charges.

Ladd, 22, is no stranger to prison. He has been in jail or prison his entire adult life.

In 2018, he pleaded guilty to armed robbery, pointing a firearm and carrying a handgun without a license, according to court records.

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Ladd was 16 when he, another teen, Wanya Dunn, and 30-year-old Ryan Sundgeroth, robbed a man on November 29, 2017.

Sondgeroth was the driver of a car used to distract a man walking in front of a Meijer gas station. Sondgeroth’s accomplices – Dunn and Ladd – crept up behind the walker, turned him around, pointed a gun at the man and robbed him.

Ladd was convicted as an adult and sentenced to eight years in prison on the three charges. In Indiana, prisoners must serve 75% of their sentence. In Ladd’s case, that was six years.

His expected release date, according to the Indiana Department of Corrections website, was Saturday.

On Sunday, Lafayette police arrested Ladd at a local hospital on suspicion of trespassing, police said.

On Tuesday, Ladd filed a request with Tippecanoe Superior 2 to transfer supervision of Community Probation and Corrections to Delaware County, claiming an apartment on Riverside Avenue as his residence.

Then at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, police found Hamilton stabbed and arrested Ladd as the suspect.

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This article originally appeared on the Lafayette Journal & Courier: The stabbing leaves the victim in a critical condition; The suspect was recently released from prison

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