Two stabbed in separate incidents in Joliet
BY BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org April 8, 2013 3:18PM
Updated: April 8, 2013 11:30PM
JOLIET — Two men were stabbed in unrelated attacks Saturday, but both are expected to survive.
The first incident occurred just before 2 p.m. outside Mobil Gas, 1529 N. Broadway.
“It appeared a road-rage confrontation started when one vehicle pulled in too close to another at the pumps,” Cmdr. Brian Benton said.
Witnesses told police that the drivers, a 50-year-old man and Antonio Morado, 49, got out and argued before throwing punches, Benton said. Morado was accompanied by his sons, Antonio Jr., 24, and Andrew, 18, police said.
During the fight, the 50-year-old man was pushed to the ground and stabbed twice in the back, police said. The Morados left before police arrived, but witnesses gave their license plate number to investigators, Benton said.
The Morados were found at their home, 1209 N. Center St., and were identified as the suspects, Benton said. They were booked into the county jail on charges of aggravated battery and mob action.
According to reports, a knife was collected as evidence during their arrest.
At 9:39 p.m., passers-by called police after they saw a 37-year-old man lying in a liquor store parking lot at 83 W. Jefferson St. An unconscious man was found covered in vomit, and an ambulance was called.
“As the paramedics lifted up his shirt they discovered two puncture wounds — one in the chest and one in the stomach,” Benton said.
Surveillance video from the liquor store reportedly showed the stabbing, and officers recognized Paul Z. Stewart, 50, as the suspect, police said. Officers found Stewart at the Plaza Hotel, 26 W. Clinton St., and he was charged with aggravated battery. Benton said Monday police had not yet determined a motive for the attack.