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Bridgeview man stabbed and carjacked in Gary

A southwest suburban man was stabbed and his car was stolen Sunday night in northwest Indiana.

Police initially responded just before 9 p.m. to a call of a suspicious person waving his arms at cars on Cline Avenue near Chicago Road in Gary, according to a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office. They found 26-year-old Richard Reyes suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Reyes told investigators he had taken two friends to another person’s home so they could collect a monetary debt, the sheriff’s office said. When he got there, Reyes was handcuffed, stabbed and thrown in the trunk of his own car.

He managed to get out of the trunk when the 2000 white Acura stopped, but the suspects drove off with his cell phone and wallet, the sheriff’s office said. The Bridgeview resident told investigators he did not know where they went or where the initial residence was, citing his unfamiliarity with the area.

He was taken to an area hospital for treatment, the sheriff’s office said.

The attack happened about an hour before a fatal stabbing in the 200 block of Hobart Street, the sheriff’s office said. It is unclear if the two stabbings are connected.

Anyone with information should call the the Gary police Metro Homicide Unit at (219) 755-3851.