Ice-skating instructor in KY stabbed in random attack outside of southern Indiana rink
An ice-skating instructor is now out of the hospital after being stabbed, according to a report by Fox 59.
Emma Baxter, 34, an instructor at Hamilton Center Ice Arena, spent years with Disney on Ice, instructing in Spain, and she’s popular with her students in Columbus.
“She is wonderful. She’s great with the kids,” said Mark Jones, director of Columbus Parks and Recreation. “We actually have kids from outside of the Bartholomew County area that request her. So they come from outside of the county just to be with Emma.”
Around 6:30 a.m. Friday, Emma showed up to work for a lesson. She never made it inside. An encounter with a stranger turned violent in the parking lot.
“The man approached her in the parking lot, asked her for a cigarette, and when she told him no, she got back into her car and tried to get away,” said Lt. Matt Harris of the Columbus Police Department. “However, the suspect crashed into her vehicle a short time later in a stolen car.”
Police have identified the suspect as Ryan Halligan. Detectives said after the crash, Halligan stabbed Emma.
“She even dialed 911 to get officers there,” Harris said. “One of the saving graces was this happened right around our shift change, and we had a CPD patrol officer here just moments after getting the 911 call.”
Police say Halligan took off as soon as officers arrived. Detectives found Halligan nearby hiding by a home and arrested him.
Park officials are now looking to possibly add extra security…