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Zachariah Wright (Image from Boone County Jail)
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LEBANON (WTHR) - Lebanon police say a 19-year-old is their person of interest in the stabbing death of a 73-year-old man this morning and attack on the man’s wife.

Police arrested 19-year-old is Zachariah Wright on a probation violation Sunday afternoon. He is being held at the Boone County Jail.

According to police, the probation violation is connected to previous criminal convictions for burglary, theft, criminal mischief and public intoxication.

They've stopped short of calling Wright a suspect in the case where a husband and wife were brutally attacked in their Lebanon home as they slept.

Zachariah Wright (Image from Boone County Jail)


Police were called to the home after Sonja Foster, 68, went to a neighbor's home just before 7:00 a.m. Sunday to get help for her and her husband 73-year-old Max Foster. Officers arrived and found that Max was dead inside their residence and Sonja was injured. She was taken to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment and released Sunday afternoon.

Investigators believe the attack on the Fosters is connected to an attempted burglary of a home just 15 minutes earlier and only blocks away.

Police were called to the 500 block of West Pearl St. at 6:39 Sunday morning for reports of someone trying to break into a home there.

15 minutes later, police say a 911 call came in for the assault at the Foster’s home.


Police are calling what happened to the couple as they slept, a terrible tragedy for the tight-knit community.

"Mr. and Mrs. Foster were asleep when an unknown male...they were awakened by an unknown male in their residence,” said Lebanon Police Sgt. Ben Phelps. "The suspect had stabbed Mr. Foster an undetermined amount of times and then assaulted Missus Foster. She was eventually able to get away from the suspect and go outside to seek help. The suspect did follow her outside and another altercation occurred. She was again able to break free and summon help from a neighbor."

Police believe what happened at the Foster’s home is connected to the attempted burglary on West Pearl Street.

“There was evidence recovered at the second location to link the two together,” said Phelps.

Police say a call from a citizen brought them to a home late Sunday afternoon in the 1500 block of East Street where they took Wright into custody for questioning about the case.

“Once the investigation is more complete, we’ll meet with the prosecutor’s office to determine what role, if any, he may have played and what charges,” said Sergeant Phelps. “The final charging information or decision will be up to the Boone County prosecutor’s office."

Lebanon Police are still calling this an active ongoing investigation that is far from complete.

An autopsy on Max Foster is scheduled for Monday.

Sonja Foster has been released from a local hospital, according to police and is recovering with family.