Article: Geneva man charged with attempted murder after reported stabbing

• Originally published in the Kane County Chronicle on April 4, 2010

GENEVA – A Geneva man has been charged with attempted murder after police said he stabbed another man at least four times late Saturday night.

Police said Brent A. West, 26, of the 700 block of North Street, Geneva, stabbed the man after he intervened in an altercation between West and a woman. The man is recovering at Delnor Hospital, police said.

West was charged armed violence – a Class X felony – attempted first-degree murder – a Class 1 felony – aggravated domestic battery – a Class 2 felony – and two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, both Class 3 felonies.

The Geneva Police Department responded to the scene at 11:24 p.m. Saturday after hearing a report of a fight in progress with a knife involved. Police said they arrived to the scene in the 700 block of North Street in Geneva and the victim was on the ground with four possible knife wounds.

Police said that the victim intervened in a fight between West and a woman. West then grabbed a 4-inch kitchen knife and confronted the victim while holding the knife. The victim tried to calm West down, police said, but West stabbed the victim in the rear of his upper left leg. The victim put his hand up to block the next attack, and West stabbed him in the left wrist. Police said the victim then fell to the ground, flat on his back.

While on his back, police said, West stabbed him two times in the abdomen. The victim was unarmed, police said. The victim, who was conscious, was transported to Delnor Hospital, where he still is recovering.

Based on witness reports and evidence, police said, they located and arrested West inside his apartment. West currently is being held at the Kane County Judicial Center on $500,000 bond.

Geneva police Cmdr. Julie Nash was unavailable for further comment Sunday afternoon.

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