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      Vito Bugni stabbed to death in Terre Haute Stabbing, Suspect James Ready Faces Murder Charges

      Vito Bugni

      Tragedy struck Terre Haute, Indiana, on Sunday evening as a stabbing incident at the Econo Lodge Inn and Suites on W. Honey Creek Drive resulted in the untimely death of 43-year-old Vito Bugni. Sergeant Dale Blunk of the Terre Haute Police Department confirmed the distressing news, revealing that Bugni succumbed to severe abdominal injuries sustained during the altercation.

      According to preliminary investigations, the suspect, 19-year-old James Ready, fled the scene before law enforcement arrived. However, authorities managed to apprehend Ready, a resident of Terre Haute, and charged him with homicide and resisting law officers.

      Sgt. Blunk reiterated the department’s commitment to swift responses to acts of violence, underscoring their dedication to serving justice. “During this difficult time, we want Mr. Vito Bugni and his family to know that our thoughts and prayers are with these individuals,” Sgt. Blunk expressed.

      Details provided in an affidavit of probable cause shed light on the events leading to the tragic incident. Witnesses recounted a heated argument between Ready and Bugni, with Ready accusing Bugni of casting curses upon him. The altercation escalated, culminating in Ready allegedly stabbing Bugni multiple times in the abdomen.

      Witnesses described the chaotic scene, with Ready reportedly on top of Bugni, making stabbing motions, as Bugni lay on the bed. Following the altercation, Ready fled the scene barefoot, later surrendering to law enforcement after a brief pursuit.

      During police questioning, Ready admitted to the stabbing but claimed it was not intentional, citing mental health struggles and hallucinations as contributing factors. Ready allegedly confessed to using Bugni’s own knife in the attack, expressing fear as his motive for fleeing the scene.

      The tragic death of Vito Bugni has sent shockwaves through the community, leaving loved ones grieving and seeking answers. As investigations continue and legal proceedings unfold, the memory of Vito Bugni will be honored, and justice will be pursued in his name.

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