Three injured in Hammond attack that led to knife fight

A Hammond man said to have provoked a knife fight Monday night with the boyfriend of a woman who had a protective order against him could face charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery.

Johnny L. Dantzler Jr., who remained in the hospital Tuesday with a possible punctured lung, also could face a count of violation of a protective order, Hammond police Lt. Vince Giannobile said.

Police are still investigating the incident, but believe the fight started when Dantzler threw a brick through the passenger window of a car Keasha Edmons was sitting in at the On the Run quick stop on East Morris Street.

The brick struck Edmons in the arm, Giannobile said.

Edmons’ boyfriend, Jerome Alexander, who had been helping someone with car trouble, began fighting Dantzler, Giannobile said.

It is unclear how many knives were involved, but Edmons had one in the car with her, Giannobile said.

Alexander was stabbed in the neck. Dantzler was stabbed in the back and ran, Giannobile said.

Edmons called the police from the hospital.

Detectives were taking statements Tuesday, and Giannobile said Dantzler, 36, 5 Rosewood Drive, could be charged upon his release from the hospital.

Edmons was granted a protective order against Dantzler on March 6, Giannobile said.

The ages and addresses for Edmons and Alexander were not immediately available.