Champaign woman arrested for attempted murder

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign woman who allegedly stabbed a man in the neck last week has been arrested for attempted murder.

Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said police found Nicole A. Jackson, 38, whose last known address was in the 200 block of Edgebrook Drive, Thursday, and interviewed her about a man's injury that happened last Saturday.

Griffet said the 31-year-old man whose neck was cut was staying at a friend's house in the 400 block of West Washington Street on May 25. He did not know Jackson before that day but the two of them were partying there together in the early morning hours, Griffet said.

Griffet said the two of them left there and went elsewhere but the man decided to return to the West Washington home about 11:15 a.m.

"He was there a short time when he hears footsteps and sees her. There's a brief argument and he feels something hit the side of his neck. He became weak and fell on the floor bleeding," Griffet said.

The woman, later identified as Jackson, allegedly stole a laptop computer that belonged to someone else in the house as she left, Griffet said.

Griffet said the victim was taken to Carle Hospital where he underwent surgery for what was described as a large cut to his neck. He was hospitalized a couple of days, Griffet said.

He was able to give police enough information that they developed Jackson as a suspect. She was interviewed Thursday by Detective Mark Strzesak. Griffet said Jackson said that she was acting in self-defense when she cut the man with a folding knife.

The state's attorney's office charged Jackson with attempted murder, armed robbery and aggravated battery Friday.

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