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Valpo man charged with attempted murder; alleged victim’s condition ‘of grave danger’

A Valparaiso man is in custody and charged with attempted murder after he told officers responding to the scene Monday afternoon that he “killed somebody in that house,” according to charging documents.

Conner Kobold, 19, of the 1300 block of Diamond Boulevard in the Greenfield Creek subdivision, also is charged with aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony. Attempted murder is a Level 1 felony.

Around 3:48 p.m. on Feb. 5, Valparaiso Police were dispatched to the area of Diamond Boulevard for a report of a male stating, “I need you to send a police car here right now,” according to court documents.

Police found a heavy police presence outside of Kobold’s residence. Officers already on the scene said Kobold was waving them down at the intersection of Goodrich Road and Diamond Boulevard and said he confirmed he had called police.

Kobold “immediately asked to be placed into handcuffs and in the back seat of the patrol vehicle,” charging documents state.

Unprovoked, Kobold told police, “There is a dead person inside of the house on the corner,” according to the charges. When an officer asked to confirm there was a dead person, Kobold said, “yeah, I killed somebody in that house,” which the officer also confirmed.

An officer observed superficial scratches on Kobold’s face, documents said.

Police conducted a protective sweep of the residence and found a female in the living room who was unconscious and unresponsive, with no pulse and not breathing.

The female was transported to Northwest Health-Porter while Kobold was taken to the Valparaiso Police Department for questioning. Police said in the charging documents that there was a sign of a struggle where the female was located, including furniture that was disturbed.

Medical staff observed small ligature marks on the female’s neck, according to charging documents, and the staff also said the alleged victim’s injuries were “of grave danger, as they believe she has suffered substantial brain damage.”

Kobold is scheduled for an initial hearing at 2 p.m. Wednesday before Porter Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Clymer, according to online court records.

Valparaiso Police said in a release that the case was believed to be isolated to the individuals involved and there was no threat to the general public.

Officials ask that anyone with information about the incident contact the Valparaiso Police Department at 219-462-2135. Information can also be texted to TIP411 (847-411) and enter “Valpo” in the message field before sending the message. Use the word “Diamond” in the first line of the tip to identify the case.

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