Crime & Courts

2 teenagers stabbed in Sleepy Hollow home; man in custody, police say

Man arrested in stabbings, pair of home invasions, sex assault of 19-year-old

Police have apprehended a man who Sleepy Hollow Police Chief James Linane said used butcher knives to stab a 19-year-old woman and her 17-year-old brother, who was seriously injured.

The suspect entered a home in the 900 block of Saratoga Parkway in Sleepy Hollow on Monday afternoon through an unlocked front door before allegedly sexually assaulting and stabbing the 19-year-old woman, Linane said. The brother, who came to his sister’s defense, also was stabbed. Both escaped the house and notified neighbors.

After stabbing the teenagers, the suspect fled the home and went into a neighboring house where he threatened two other people with the knives, Linane said. It was one of at least six scenes police investigated Monday afternoon, Linane said.

Jeanine Kenaga heard screams Monday afternoon coming from outside her Sleepy Hollow home and called 911.

When she came outside, she saw her neighbor, covered in blood, and a man running away from the scene.

“I saw blood all over the driveway and she was screaming, ‘Call the police, call the police,’ ” Kenaga said.

Neighbors expressed a sense of unease, and concern for those involved.

“We are in shock and scared for our friend,” said Maureen Kennelly, who is a neighbor of the woman who lives in the house that the suspect ran into after the stabbing. Kennelly has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years and said it’s typically a quiet area.

Linane said Sleepy Hollow police were called to the area about 12:35 p.m. and the suspect was caught within a half hour.

Police obtained the two butcher knives the suspect used as weapons, Linane said. The neighbors were not injured, he said.

The suspect later took off running north toward Randall Road, where officers shot him with a Taser and apprehended him, Linane said.

Both teenagers were taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital, and the boy was flown to Advocate Lutheran General with serious injuries, Linane said. He said he didn’t know where in the house or on their bodies the teenagers had been stabbed.

“Initially, it looked pretty bad, but we are hearing they are probably going to make it,” he said.

Linane said the 19-year-old woman was homeschooled, and her brother may have been as well.

Police have not yet named the suspect, who Linane described as a male in his late 20s to early 30s. Police think he lives in the area, Linane said. Linane said the suspect may have been under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The man’s motive for the attack isn’t yet known.

Linane said police believe the man has a criminal history, but he could not elaborate.

Some neighbors said there had been multiple home invasions in the area recently, but Linane said there is no reason for neighbors to feel unsafe.

“The village of Sleepy Hollow is a very safe community,” he said. “We have a very low crime rate. For this to happen is highly unusual.”

The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force, Sleepy Hollow police and other area departments continue to investigate.

Sleepy Hollow Elementary School and Dundee Middle School were temporarily placed on shelter in place – a safety measure that generally is less serious than a lockdown, District 300 Director of Public Relations and Communications Anthony McGinn said. The safety measure was lifted about 1 p.m.

• Northwest Herald reporter Katie Smith contributed to this report. 

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