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2 held in stabbing at lake


A young adult and a 17-year-old were in custody Monday after an attack Easter morning near Papakeechie Lake that left the victim in serious condition with an apparent stab wound to the neck area.

Kosciusko County sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a possible stabbing about 12:14 a.m. Sunday in the 9700 block of East Bald Eagle Drive, Syracuse, in the Papakeechie Estates addition.

Police said a man identified as Tyler James Niles, 24, was found in the front yard covered in blood. Witnesses at the scene told officers about two possible suspects, and they were immediately taken into custody without incident, the sheriff's department said in a statement.

Niles first was taken to Goshen General Hospital and later was transferred to a hospital in South Bend in serious condition, the statement said.

Scott Daniel Koontz, 20, of Syracuse, was preliminarily charged with felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, the sheriff's department said. A 17-year-old boy was also arrested and was being held at The Woods Juvenile Center in Pierceton on similar charges.

Bond for Koontz was initially set at $5,000 by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office. The 17-year-old has a scheduled detention hearing today in Kosciusko Superior Court.

Niles was apparently stabbed two or three times and he had previously been a roommate of Koontz, the sheriff's department said. Initial reports indicate that Niles had arrived to retrieve some of his property when a verbal altercation became physical.