O'FALLON, MO (KTVI) - Residents of an O'Fallon, Missouri mobile home park were on edge. A stranger walked up to a group of boys playing football Thursday and stabbed one of them in the neck. It happened at about 6:00pm. A suspect is now under arrest.
A group of a half-dozen boys were playing football in the 100 block of Oak Field Drive in the Pin Oak Mobile Home Park, when a strange man approached and starting talking with them.
One of the boys tells Fox 2 News at first the man was just joking around with them, but then he began saying inappropriate things, and started telling the boys he had seen them last week, accurately describing what they had been wearing. Then he started calling them devils and disrespectful, stabbing one of them in the neck and running away.
The boys say they have never seen the suspect before. The 13-year-old victim is hospitalized in stable condition following surgery. Neighbors say all the boys except for the one who was stabbed live on the street where it happened. They find all this very unsettling.
"For a small community, it's kind of scary," said resident Lori Hill.
"We don't have much crime in this area and it is scary that he is still on the loose," she said.
Hill's grandson Jayden, 13, says he is a friend of the victim.
"I am pretty worried about him and his friends," Hill said. 'It's ridiculous. I don't understand why a guy would just come up and do that."
O'Fallon, Missouri police say the suspect is a light skinned black male, mid to late 20s, 5'11' with a scruffy beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing a dark gray hoodie and baggy black sweat pants. He may also have speech impediment, and may be under the influence of a controlled substance.
Police will say only that the suspect stabbed the boy with an "edged weapon." But neighbors say the boys told them it might have been a key.
Anyone with information should call the O'Fallon, Missouri Police Department or Crimestoppers.