Man arrested after woman stabbed at Morris gas station, police say

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MORRIS, Ill. – A man was taken into custody after a woman was stabbed at a gas station, according to police.

Morris police said they responded to reports of a woman stabbed at the Shell gas station at 2000 N. Division St. around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the woman and the man knew each other. They said while they were driving eastbound on I-80, the man, identified by police at Eric Bartels, 50, held the woman at knife point, battered her and threatened to kill her.

Police said they eventually stopped at the gas station where the victim attempted to flee the vehicle, however, the suspect would not let her exit the car. Officials said a bystander heard her screaming and was able to get her out of the car.

The woman was taken to the hospital, was stabilized and released, according to police. She was stabbed in the neck and chest.

Police said a bystander followed the suspect to the intersection of Brentwood Drive and Lynwood Drive after the suspect drove away from the scene. Police said the suspect crashed into a tree line and then fled on foot. Officers found him hiding behind the tree line.

Bartels was arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated domestic battery and unlawful use of a weapon and numerous traffic offenses, according to police.

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