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Alleged Plainfield stabber investigated last year by Joliet police on battery allegations

Ederaldo Frantz
Ederaldo Frantz

A Plainfield man charged with stabbing a caregiver more than 30 times was investigated by Joliet police last year for allegations he physically attacked another caregiver.

On April 9, 2018, Joliet police responded to a group home on Bluejay Lane in Plainfield after receiving a report of a “client gouging at the caretaker’s eyes,” according to a police report obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Ederaldo “Edge” Frantz, 24, was the alleged suspect in the attack. Frantz currently faces an attempted murder charge for allegedly stabbing a caretaker more than 30 times while wearing a monster mask June 1 at a group home on Fern Street in Plainfield.

The caretaker reportedly survived the stabbings, police said.

Karletha Larkins, 31, a former Help At Home caretaker, said she was the victim of Frantz’s attack on April 9, 2018. She said Frantz, one of her clients, was trying to “literally gouge my eyes out” until a neighbor intervened and helped her.

Help At Home managed the Fern Street home as well.

The heavily redacted report indicates responding officers and a detective spoke with Larkins and investigated the incident, but the case did not result in charges against Frantz.

Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum did not respond to calls and messages about the incident.

Will County State’s Attorney’s spokeswoman Carole Cheney said the state’s attorney’s office decided to not pursue charges “based on the information at the time.” She declined to explain why, saying she couldn’t “go into specifics.”

Cheney said no charges being filed doesn’t mean a case is closed permanently. She said until the statute of limitations for a crime has expired, charges can still be filed.

The police report indicated the alleged offense in the incident was a battery, a misdemeanor with a statute of limitations of a year and a half.

On May 18, 2018, Larkins petitioned for a protective order against Frantz, which was dismissed by Will County Judge Fred Harvey. Larkins said Harvey did not grant her the protective order because she and Frantz had not had a previous altercation.

Will County Sheriff’s Office reports on the alleged June 1 stabbing attack said Frantz’ nickname is “Edge” and listed his height and weight as 6-foot-tall and 225 pounds. The alleged 50-year-old victim was 4-foot-9 and
160 pounds.

“Had he been arrested or charged or removed from the group home, this could have been prevented,” Larkins said of the alleged stabbing incident.

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