Two people stabbed near Will County Courthouse
January 31, 2013 10:04AM
Updated: March 2, 2013 7:28AM
JOLIET — Police say a man stabbed two people during an argument Tuesday evening in front of the Will County Courthouse.
Police were called at 5:49 p.m. after an intoxicated man said he’d been attacked by “an enemy with a knife,” according to reports. The victim was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center where he was treated for “superficial” stab wounds to his neck and shoulder.
“At the same time, we received a call from a woman who had fled from the scene after being stabbed four times,” Cmdr. Al Roechner said.
Her wounds were also considered minor and she reportedly described the suspect’s clothing and said he was walking towards Cass Street.
“Officers encountered Michael D. Smith, 49, matching that description and found a bloody knife in his pocket,” Roechner said. “He immediately said, ‘I did it, but it was self-defense.’”
After further questioning, Smith, of 323 N. Briggs St., was charged with two counts of aggravated battery and booked into the county jail.
FRANKFORT — A woman robbed a gas station with a steak knife Tuesday night.
Around 10 p.m. the bandit put a six-pack of beer on the counter at Speedway, 19730 S. Harlem Ave., and asked the clerk for a carton of cigarettes, according to Will County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer.
“When he turned back, she was holding a steak knife with a 6- to 7-inch blade and demanded the money from the register,” Hoffmeyer said.
The woman took the beer, cigarettes and cash and fled the store at the same time as a man who’s believed to be her accomplice.
The robber was described as a 5-foot-8-inch-tall white woman between 35 to 40 years old with a heavy build and dirty blond hair. She has a “slash-like” scar on her lower face.
BOLINGBROOK — A man tried to pull a teenage girl into his car Tuesday afternoon.
Lt. Mike Rompa said the incident occurred at 3:21 p.m. while the 16-year-old was walking home from Bolingbrook High School at Radcliff Drive and Old Stone Road.
A black man with short hair, a muscular build and tight shirt grabbed the girl and tried to force her into a blue Ford Explorer from the late 1990s. The abductor was scared off by a passer-by who saw the struggle and yelled at him.
The victim went home and called 911.
In other police news:
Hilton D. Grubbs: 33, of 459 Des Plaines St., Joliet, was arrested by sheriff’s police Sunday on charges of drug possession and marijuana possession.
Duschaun L. Neal: 38, of 306 Walnut St., Joliet, was arrested by Joliet police Sunday on charges of aggravated battery, domestic battery and violating an order of protection.