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17-Year-Old Charged With Attempted Murder Following Stabbing On IU Campus

A shot of the door to the Monroe County Correctional Facility.

(WTIU/WFIU News)

The 13-year-old victim in a stabbing on Indiana University Bloomington's campus Friday told police she thought she might bleed to death as Dongwook Ko allegedly attacked her with a pocket knife.

Prosecutors Tuesday charged 17-year-old Ko, a Bloomington resident, with four felony counts, including attempted murder.

Court documents say the victim was practicing her violin while attending a summer camp in the Music Annex Building at IU's Jacobs School of Music. They say the victim was previously acquainted with Ko during a music camp last summer. 

On July 12, Ko allegedly entered the room where she was practicing and convinced her to follow him to a locker room on a different floor in the building by telling her a teacher wanted to speak with her.

The affidavit says, "[The victim] stated this made her concerned that she had done something wrong so she immediately followed Ko."

According to the document, Ko threw the girl against a locker and pinned her. When she began to fight and scream for help, he allegedly placed his hand over her mouth.

Court documents say the two fell to the ground, where Ko allegedly grabbed the girl by the throat and choked her for several seconds before police say he began slashing and stabbing her. 

The affidavit says an IU employee heard the victim's screams and initially thought it was just campers "goofing around," before becoming more concerned, running into the locker room and pulling Ko off of the girl.

The document says, "[The employee] said he stopped the the girl for a second but she had such a look of terror in her eyes, he let her go."

The employee tried to escort Ko downstairs to call the police, but says Ko broke away from him and fled. 

The victim told a camp counselor what had happened and she called the police. The affidavit states the victim was scared that Ko would return and hurt her again. 

The document says that on-scene EMTs observed approximately 10 cuts all over the victim's body. She was transported to the hospital by ambulance. 

The affidavit states detectives found blood in the locker room, on two stairway doors, in a stairway, in two different hallways and near the victim's original practice room. 

Ko allegedly told his mother that morning that he was going to meet a friend at the Music Addition building and get lunch. Security video from the house shows him leaving the home in a Land Rover at 9:26 a.m.

The document states that Ko called his mother, Jee Yeon Kim, after the incident and said, "I don't know what I did," and, "I may have hurt her."

Court documents say when Ko returned home less than an hour later, Kim said he had blood on his arms and clothes that she assumed was his own. When she asked about the incident, Ko allegedly admitted to choking the girl and wrestling around with her. He allegedly said the knife fell out of his pocket. He apparently told his mother he was pulling a prank on the girl. 

When Kim asked about the source of the blood, Ko allegedly showed her the knife, which he submerged in a clear Tupperware container of water.

Kim told Ko to change his clothes. 

Original story:

Preliminary court documents allege that Dongwook Ko stabbed the victim, a 13-year-old girl, with the intent to kill her after convincing her to follow him into a room in the Music Annex Building at the Jacobs School of Music on July 12.

The documents state that Ko also intentionally inflicted bodily injury on the girl in addition to impeding her breathing. 

In total, Ko is being charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, kidnapping and strangulation.

IU police sent out an alert on July 12 that a person with a knife had been spotted at the Music Annex. IUPD advised students and staff to lock doors and remain in place until the situation was resolved.

READ MORE: Suspect Arrested After Person With Knife Reported At IU

IUPD sent another alert about a half-hour later, saying the suspect had been apprehended off campus. 

Ko is being held on $150,500 bond at the Monroe County Jail. 

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said that the incident took place at Merrill Hall. It happened in the Music Annex Building.

This post has been updated.

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