VALPARAISO, Ind. — A horrifying incident unfolded at a Planet Fitness in Valparaiso, Indiana, as a Valparaiso University graduate student, Varun Raj Pucha, fell victim to a stabbing, leaving the community in shock. Local authorities swiftly apprehended the suspect, 24-year-old Jordan Andrade of Porter Township.
The unfortunate incident occurred on a fateful Sunday morning at the Planet Fitness establishment situated in the 1200 block of Strongbow Centre Drive, Valparaiso, at approximately 9 a.m. Police reports indicate that Varun Raj Pucha, a 29-year-old graduate student, sustained a critical knife wound during the altercation.
Valparaiso University expressed its deep concern and sorrow over the attack, emphasizing their strong sense of community and unity. In a statement, the institution conveyed, “We are shocked and saddened by the attack on Varun Raj Pucha. At Valparaiso University, we consider each other family, and this incident is horrifying for us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his friends and family.”
At the time of the initial report, Varun Raj Pucha was in critical condition and receiving medical attention at a local hospital.
The Valparaiso Police Department acted promptly in this case, announcing the arrest of the suspect, Jordan Andrade, in connection with the stabbing. Andrade, now in custody, faces charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery, as per law enforcement officials.
Details surrounding the circumstances leading to the stabbing remain limited at this point. Authorities have not provided further information, but they have assured the public that there is no ongoing threat to the community.
This disturbing incident underscores the need for safety and vigilance in public spaces, while the Valparaiso community stands united in supporting Varun Raj Pucha during this challenging time. The investigation into the matter is ongoing, and authorities will continue to work diligently to provide clarity on the circumstances surrounding this incident.