William R. Clark III told a Kane County Judge that he should have gotten help for his mental problems after he was discharged from the Marines in 2008, but he didn’t.
Clark, who had attended basic training in San Diego, also acknowledged that he had suicidal thoughts. He said he had taken the 7-inch, military-issue bayonet from his father.
The victim, a 21-year-old from Carpentersville, was in critical care this morning.
The woman had been working at Bath and Body Works in Spring Hill Mall about 8:30 p.m when Clark approached her.
He then forced her into the men’s bathroom, stabbed her once in the middle left side of her back, and then dropped the weapon, said West Dundee Police Chief Dave Sawyer.
“He walked out with the victim to the sales floor where the victim told fellow employees she had been stabbed and collapsed on the floor,” Sawyer said. “He was detained by bystanders and mall security until police arrived.”
The victim was transported to Sherman Hospital in Elgin where she underwent surgery, Sawyer said.
“It was definitely a domestic type of situation,” he said. “She wanted to break it off; he didn’t.”
Clark was charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated domestic battery and armed violence. His bond was set at $650,000 and his next scheduled court date is April 15.
Sawyer said the stabbing was not gang-related.
“It’s unfortunately a domestic situation and we’re getting more and more everyday,” he said. “The mall has been very quiet. They’ve done a good job up there; security is high and we don’t go up there much for gang-related calls.”
Sullivan County Sheriff’s officials said Joshua DiMeo was arrested on April 1 when he went to the home of a 13-year-old female victim with the intention of having sexual contact and when he knocked on the door, he was greeted by detectives.
Sheriff’s Chief of Patrol Arthur Hawker said Wednesday that DiMeo had allegedly engaged in sexual contact with one 13-year-old female student of on more than one occasion and had planned on having contract with another 13-year-old when he was arrested at her house.
Police, armed with a warrant, searched DiMeo’s 112 Carrier Street home later and seized computers, cell phones and a digital camera as the investigation continues.
In once instance, Hawker said DiMeo emailed a photo of a genital area to one girl.
Hawker said it is believe no other children were involved.
DiMeo was charged with disseminating indecent material to a minor in the first degree, a felony, and the misdemeanors of sexual abuse in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a minor.
He was arraigned and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail without bail.
Village of Liberty Police developed the information and turned it over to the Sheriff Office when they realized the crime may have occurred outside the village. Sheriff’s detectives quickly established DiMeo was in contact with the victim via text messages on her cell phone and by instant messages on Facebook. In the course of communicating with one victim, he asked if he could come to her home.
Hawker said DiMeo’s relative is an administrator at the school, but had no involvement in the case.