GLEN CARBON, IL (KTVI) – A bizarre and violent case of mistaken identity in Glen Carbon has police there scratching their heads. A stranger forced his way into a random home, and started stabbing the people inside.
A husband and wife, their 3-year-old daughter and the daughter`s grandmother were watching the Ram`s football game Sunday afternoon when a man came to the door and said his car had broken down, moments later police said he went on the attack.
Monday afternoon crews were cleaning up the blood mess at the rural Glen Carbon home. Police said 28-year-old Grant W. Connor, he`s from the Chicago area, forced his way into the home and began stabbing the homeowner and cut the wife on her hand.
The grandmother called 9-1-1.
Police said there is no known connection between Connor and the victims. That it was all about mistaken identify over a similar name as the victim, mental problems may have also come into play.
The husband and wife fought Connor off and subdued him. The husband got one of the attacker`s two knives and stabbed Connor in the throat but not before the suspect stabbed the husband 7 or 8 times in the head. It all began right after the homeowner said he`d get a cell phone for Connor to use and told Connor to wait on the front porch.
Glen Carbon Police Chief John Lakin said, "The homeowner indicated when he looked back over his shoulder he observed the suspect removing a large knife from his pocket and began to stab him about the back of the head. As he was moving, the victim then realized that things were going downhill pretty quicklyand the fight was on to save his life and the life of his family."
Madison County States` Attorney Tom Gibbons added, "His (Coonor`s) bond has been set at over million dollars obviously indicating the seriousness of this and showing that we intend to do everything we can to keep him behind bars."
Police released a photo of Connor`s car, a Chevy Sonic and they distributed a surveillance picture of the suspect taken from a local restaurant. Detectives need the publics` help in determining what Connor was doing in the area before the attack. He`s charged with two counts of attemtped first degree murder and two counts of home invasion. The homeowner was treated and released from a hospital. Connor is still hospitalizedand under guard he`s expected to survive.
Chief Lakin said this is one of the most unusual cases he`s investigated in his 27 year career. "It was rather alarming to me. I`ve been around the business for awhileand you`ll never hear from me saying I`ve seen everything I`ve done everything. This one moves to the top of the list for me."
Police stress that Connor’s motive is still unclear and under investigation.
Connor is currently being held in the Madison County Jail on a bond of $1,100,000.
Both victims of the attack have been treated and released from the hospital.