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Attacker in 'demonic' mask stabs caretaker 30 times

Attacker wore a ‘demonic’ mask during Sunday morning incident

Police said Tuesday that a developmentally disabled man donned a “demonic” mask and stabbed a caretaker at a Plainfield Township group home more than 30 times while playing the theme to the horror movie “Halloween” on his iPod.

The suspect, 24-year-old Ederaldo Frantz, allegedly was upset with the 50-year-old caretaker because she took away his cellphone when he was caught texting women, said Deputy Chief Dan Jungles of the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

Frantz was living at the group home in the 23500 block of West Fern Street because he has a developmental disability, Jungles said.

Caretakers at the home had forbidden him from contacting women because of past instances of harassment.

Jungles said that when the caretaker took away Frantz’s cellphone, the man went to his room, started playing the theme song from the 1978 horror film “Halloween” on his iPod, pulled a toothy monster mask over his head and grabbed the “largest butcher knife he could find.”

The masked Frantz emerged from his room and stabbed the caretaker four or five times inside the house before she fled outside, Jungles said, but Frantz followed after her and stabbed her an additional 25 to
30 times.

The caretaker managed to contact a neighbor and the police were called, he said.

When deputies arrived on Fern Street, they saw Frantz on the side of a road, wearing the mask and covered in blood, Jungles said.

Deputies also could hear cries for help farther down the street, he said.

“It was creepy,” Jungles said of the mask, which he described as “demonic.”

Jungles said deputies secured Frantz “real quickly and tended to the victim.”

The caretaker was hospitalized with deep puncture wounds, and part of the broken knife was stuck inside her, Jungles said.

She underwent surgery, he said, and she reportedly was doing well as of Tuesday.

Frantz was arrested and booked into the Will County jail about 3:15 a.m. Sunday. His bond was set at $500,000 and he remained in custody Tuesday.

Prosecutors filed charges of attempted murder, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery against Frantz, according to court records.

No one answered the door to the group home Tuesday.

Mike McIntyre, who lives next door to the group home, said he was born and raised in the area and he’s never “seen any stabbings or fights here.”

“They’re pretty quiet,” he said of the residents of the group home.

Jungles said Frantz was taken by deputies to the sheriff’s office investigations division, where he said Frantz confessed to his involvement in the incident.

Frantz’s roommate also told deputies he witnessed the attack, Jungles said.

A 30-year-old woman
petitioned for a protective order against Frantz on
May 18, 2018.

A Will County judge dismissed the order the same day because the woman did “not sustain burden of proof,” according to court records.

The woman’s petition listed Frantz’s workplace as Cornerstone Workshop at Cornerstone Services on Joyce Road.

The woman claimed she was buckling a client’s
seatbelt when Frantz approached her from behind, grabbed her, pulled her out of the car by her neck and slammed her to the ground “like a rag doll over and over again.”

Police responded to the incident, according to the petition.

The woman claimed she suffered injuries to both eyes, her back and her right hip.

“He almost killed me with his bare hands and nothing was done about it,” the woman wrote in her petition. “He was not arrested.”

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