THOMASBORO — A Champaign man who told a woman Monday that he was sent to kill her is in custody at the Champaign County Jail.
Aaron Munds, 40, who listed an address on Holmes Court, was charged Tuesday with home invasion and attempted murder after a bizarre attack on a woman at a home in Thomasboro at mid-day Monday.
He is being held on $2.5 million bond and is under suicide watch. He appeared Tuesday afternoon before Judge John Kennedy in a protective gown with his hands shackled and said he needed a public defender to represent him.
In spite of being choked nearly to unconsciousness and threatened repeatedly with death, the 67-year-old woman escaped serious injury.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Coile said about 12:10 p.m. Monday, Munds knocked on the door of a home on County Road 2400 N where the Urbana woman was acting as a caregiver to her older sister.
The woman did not recognize Munds and asked him what he wanted. He held out a lottery ticket and told her he had been sent to give it to her.
As the woman unlocked the door, he barged in, saying: “I am the son of Satan and was sent here to kill you,” Coile said.
Munds then allegedly grabbed the woman by the neck in the foyer of the home and began choking her. She fought with him, got away and ran down the hall to the kitchen. He caught up with her, again grabbing her by the neck, and pinning her against a refrigerator.
“When he was choking her against the refrigerator, he kept telling her, ‘I have to kill you,’” Coile said, adding that at one point, the woman fell to the floor as she almost passed out.
When Munds loosened his hold on her, she ran to the front yard.
He chased her outside, tackled her to the ground, kneeled over her, and again began the choking, saying, “I’m going to kill you,” Coile said.
“She was unable to breathe and was losing consciousness. She quit fighting and lay there. He released her,” Coile said.
Coile said Munds is 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds. The woman is 5-3 and weighs 150.
About the time he released his grip, the woman’s older sister came into the yard and announced to Munds that they needed to talk.
Munds then walked to the back of the house with the 72-year-old woman while her younger sister called 911.
Coile said the call came at 12:24 p.m. and it took Deputy Brandon Reifsteck 10 minutes to arrive.
The victim came running out of the house to Reifsteck, yelling the intruder took her sister.
Reifsteck walked to the rear of the home and found Munds and the older sister sitting on the deck engaged in what appeared to be a civil conversation.
“He saw Munds had a cut on the side of his face and mud on the knees of his pants,” Coile said.
The older sister then told Munds, “You need to speak to this nice officer,” Coile said.
When Reifsteck asked Munds who he was, he said: “I am the son of God. I own this property.”
As he was being taken into custody and searched, he told Reifsteck that he was the “son of Satan.”
When asked what he was doing there, he replied: “God sent me.”
And when asked how he got there, he replied: “God drove me.”
Coile said the car that the victim said Munds arrived is registered to Munds’ father-in-law.
Champaign police contacted that man, who reported that Munds had been acting strangely for a few weeks and that co-workers at an Urbana car dealership where Munds is employed had persuaded him to check himself into the hospital Monday for treatment.
Coile said the woman who was attacked did not know Munds. She refused medical treatment at the house but was taken to the hospital later by a family member.
Coile said deputies found her covered in mud. She had red marks on her neck, complained of a pain in her rib, and sustained a cut to one hand.
Her older sister was not harmed.
Munds was taken to the county jail, where he’s been under close observation since being booked in.
An auto mechanic, Munds grew up in the area. He attended Holy Cross School and Central High School. He is married.
Kennedy set his next court date for April 15.