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Plainfield masked stabbing suspect faces new aggravated battery charge

Ederaldo Frantz, 24, Plainfield
Ederaldo Frantz, 24, Plainfield

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office filed charges against a Plainfield man prosecutors say attacked a former caretaker more than a year after the incident occurred.

Ederaldo “Edge” Frantz, 24, was arrested on June 1 for allegedly donning a monster mask, playing the theme song to the horror movie “Halloween” on his iPod and stabbing a 50-year-old caretaker more than 30 times at a group home.

On July 3, Frantz was indicted on an aggravated battery charge that alleged he stuck his fingers into the eyes of 31-year-old Karletha Larkins, according to court records.

Larkins originally had reported the incident to the Joliet police on April 9, 2018. The case did not result in charges against Frantz.

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

Will County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney said in a statement that charges were not initially filed in the incident involving Larkins “based on the totality of the circumstances that existed at the time of the first incident.”

“In light of the subsequent incident involving the defendant that led to charges, the initial incident was again reviewed and it was determined that, in light of the now existing totality of the circumstances, the matter should proceed,” Cheney said.

Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said the case was initially investigated by Joliet police and “everything was turned over” to the state’s attorney’s office.

“The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office at the time declined to file charges against Frantz due to his mental evaluation,” Botzum said.

On May 18, 2018, Larkins petitioned for a protective order against Frantz. Larkins was a caretaker for Help At Home and she alleged Frantz, one of her clients, was trying to “literally gouge my eyes out” until a neighbor intervened and helped her.

She claimed in the petition that Frantz almost killed her with his bare hands and “nothing was done about it.”

Will County Judge Fred Harvey denied granting Larkins’ protective order because she was alleging Frantz harmed her in a single act instead of two or more acts, as required by law, according to court records.

Frantz is scheduled to be arraigned on all of his criminal charges on July 25. He is being held at the Will County jail on a $1 million bond.

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