A Homewood man has been charged with attempted murder and accused of beating and stabbing his mother.
A tip from a citizen led police to Blake Springsteen, 22, who was named in an arrest warrant. Springsteen was suspected of attacking his 49-year-old mother Monday in the 3600 block of Flossmoor Road in an area near Homewood, police said.
About 4 p.m. Thursday, a Flossmoor resident spotted someone who matched the description of Springsteen and called police.The police did a search of the area and located Springsteen.
"He tried to deceive the officers and give a false name, but the officers knew it was him," said Flossmoor Deputy Chief Tod Kameiter.
Springsteen was arrested and at about 6 p.m. Thursday was transferred into the custody of the Cook County Sheriff's office, Kameiter said.
Officials said after beating his mother, Springsteen bound her and put her in a trunk of a car, then drove to Crete. He stabbed her multiple times and left her in a ditch on the 900 block of Columbia Street, said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart in a news release.
Springsteen's mother survived the attack and was taken to an area hospital.
Springsteen was charged Friday night with attempted murder and was scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday.
A law enforcement source said that over the past several years police have been called numerous times to the Springsteen home in Flossmoor for reports of domestic violence and drunken disturbances.
Court records show Blake Springsteen was charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property in 2008. He pleaded guilty to the criminal damage charge and received 18 months of court supervision, which he violated a few months later after again being arrested for domestic battery, records show.
Last September, another relative at Springsteen's home was charged with domestic battery after police responded to reports of a drunken disturbance in which the relative allegedly had swung at Springsteen with a screwdriver and slapped Springsteen's mother, according to the source.
That charge was dropped at the next court date because the complaining witnesses did not show up in court, records show.
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