Rural Rantoul man arrested after stabbing

RANTOUL — A Rantoul Township man was arrested early Tuesday for allegedly stabbing his roommate in the neck.

Champaign County Sheriff's Lt. Curt Apperson said Brian L. Rosario, 24, who lived in the Fountain Valley Mobile Home Park just south of Rantoul, was caught in the park about 40 minutes after police were summoned.

The stabbing victim, a 23-year-old man, was treated and released from Carle Foundation Hospital. Rosario, who Apperson said was bitten by a Rantoul Police Department tracking dog, was also treated and released before being taken to the county jail.

He was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery and domestic battery.

Apperson said four men room together in the mobile home and had gotten into an argument around 11 p.m. Monday.

"This altercation started over a woman and others within the residence dating her," Apperson said.

Rosario and one roommate had argued first and then there was about a 20-minute "cooling-off period," Apperson said, before Rosario turned his attention to the victim, who he thought was laughing at him.

"Rosario takes the victim to the ground and stabs him in the neck," Apperson said. "During the course of reaching back to stab him, another roommate tries to grab Rosario in an attempt to stop him but cuts his finger."

Apperson described the weapon as a small dagger.

After the stabbing, the roommates contacted police and Rosario ran from the mobile home.

Sheriff's deputies and Rantoul police arrived about 11:24 p.m., but it wasn't until 12:09 a.m. Tuesday that a Rantoul officer and the officer's dog located Rosario hiding in grass about eight mobile homes away from the one where he was living.

A deputy reported that the victim required several stitches.

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