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Teen suspect in knife attack at summer camp charged as an adult

The 17-year-old knife attack suspect has been charged as an adult and is eligible for home detention.
Dongwook Ko. (Photo: Monroe County Jail)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) — Court documents released in a stabbing at a summer camp at IU reveal the 13-year-old victim thought her attacker was going to kill her.

On July 12, the girl was practicing violin at the IU music building when a 17-year-old she knew came into the room. She said Dongwook Ko told her that her teacher wanted to see her.

She followed him to the fourth floor of the building where she said he led her into a locker room. Ko then allegedly pinned the girl to the wall and began choking her when she screamed and fought back.

During the struggle, police say Ko used a knife he had to start cutting the girl.

According to the documents, a worker who was in the building heard the screams and rushed to help, pulling Ko off of the girl.

The girl then ran to get help, and Ko was able to escape from the employee.

Police later found Ko at his house, and his mother said he admitted to parts of what happened, including choking her.

Ko now faces charges of attempted murder, battery, kidnapping and strangulation. The 17-year-old is being charged as an adult and has been made eligible for home detention under probation.

As of July 22, Ko's bail was modified back to $150,000 surety and $500 cash bond. Once posting bail, he is to go immediately to probation for a home detention intake, according to court records.

The 13-year-old girl was taken to the hospital and treated for 10 cut wounds to her hands and legs.

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