Police investigate stabbing

Police investigate stabbing

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating a stabbing early Wednesday morning at the Champaign Wal-Mart.

A 23-year-old Denver man told police that sometime after 1 a.m., he observed a second customer inside Wal-Mart, 2610 N. Prospect Ave., who he thought was a suspect in a home invasion two or three years ago.

When the Colorado man confronted the second man about the home invasion, the second man grabbed a knife, stabbed him in the chest and left the store.

Paramedics were called to the Wal-Mart lunch room at 1:42 a.m., according to Champaign Fire Department records.

The victim was taken by police to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Information on his condition was not available Wednesday evening.

The description of the attacker was incomplete. Champaign police planned to examine surveillance video of the incident Wednesday night in an effort to get a better description.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-8477. Information may also be left anonymously online at www.373tips.com or by sending a cellphone text message with CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information leads to an arrest. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.

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Ellen wrote on March 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Were they in housewares? ..."the second man grabbed a knife, stabbed him in the chest and left the store.". Where did he 'grab the knife' from? And, why did the Colorado man not just call the police if he thought the man was a fugitive. And if he recognized him from a home invasion 2 or 3 years ago, why would the information on the attacker be incomplete. 

And finally, they drug this man to the cafeteria after he had been stabbed? Isn't that like tampering with a crime scene or something? 

Something sounds odd to me in this story. 

Tim Mitchell wrote on March 26, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Thank you for your comment. The police officer I talked to did not know where the knife came from, whether it came from the person of the attacker or from the store. The information on the attacker is incomplete because our News-Gazette policy is to only provide descriptions when police provide enough characteristics  that would be sufficient for someone to identify the individual. Champaign police did not have enough identifiers as of today. However, once they have looked at the video, police said it is possible they may be able to provide more of a description. If that happens, we would pass along that information to the readers. The location of where the paramedics were sent came from a fire department report, not the police department.

Ellen wrote on March 27, 2014 at 4:03 am

Thanks for responding Tim. I will watch for an updated story.