Criminal history of Burke reveals similar stabbing incident

This photo shows the mug shot of Richard Burke taken July 12, 2010. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)
This photo shows the mug shot of Richard Burke taken July 12, 2010. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A man involved in a stabbing earlier this week was involved in a similar incident four years ago.

Monday night police were called by neighbors who heard arguing at an apartment on the 1100 block of Main Street. Police arrived and looked through the window. That’s when they saw 55-year-old Richard Burke assaulting 59-year-old Sara Crutchfield.

Crutchfield had a large amount of blood on her neck, so police kicked down the door and took Crutchfield outside to paramedics.

Burke ran into the kitchen and grabbed a knife. Officers told Burke to drop the knife, but he did not comply and stabbed himself in the chest.

As soon as officers were getting ready to use a stun gun, Burke was ordered to get on the floor and he complied.

According to court documents, in July of 2010 police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Columbia Street to investigate a stabbing. Officers found Michael Moore covered in blood. He was taken by ambulance to Franciscan St. Elizabeth East.

Officers found Burke inside the home with injuries. After talking with Burke, he told officers Moore had stabbed him.

A doctor told police it didn’t appear that Burke’s stab wound was self-inflicted. Police said Burke told a nurse he did not think Moore intended to stab him. But added after he was stabbed, he stabbed Moore.

Burke told police after he was stabbed, he then cut his own wrists and throat because he wanted to die with Moore.

While in the Intensive Care Unit, Moore told officers he never stabbed Burke and he didn’t know what happened that led Burke to stab him.

Burke was charged with three felonies in that incident — aggravated battery, battery with a deadly weapon and battery resulting in serious bodily injury. He later pleaded guilty to battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

According to records, no charges have been filed concerning Monday’s stabbing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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