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Man charged with attempted murder for Winner stabbing

A Winner Police Department vehicle. (Republic file photo)

WINNER—A Winner man was arrested over the weekend and charged with attempted murder.

Jacob Antoine, 22, is accused of stabbing a man in the back repeatedly with a kitchen knife in a woman's apartment and later resisting arrest.

At 3:21 a.m. Saturday, Winner police officers were dispatched to a trailer park for the reported stabbing. When officers arrived, they found several people, including a man lying on his stomach with three one-inch-wide stab wounds on the left side of his lower back, according to court documents.

The man reportedly told police that he had been at a woman's apartment when Antoine entered the room and a fight began between the two men, during which Antoine reportedly went into the kitchen, got a knife and stabbed the man in the back.

Police went to the apartment where the alleged stabbing occurred and found blood in the stairwell and on the wall. They then followed a set of tracks that led south from the apartment complex, but were unable to locate Antoine or the knife.

After the alleged victim was taken to the hospital, his bloody clothing was photographed and examined. A sweatshirt reportedly had five stab marks on it, while a t-shirt was found to have three that were consistent with the stab wounds on the man's back.

At about 11:45 p.m., officers again made contact with the victim at the hospital. He reportedly said that prior to the stabbing, he had gone to the woman's apartment but left when he learned Antoine was inside. He returned to the apartment later when the woman texted him saying that Antoine had left and she wanted to see him.

The man said that the stabbing occurred when he returned to the apartment for a second time, and that the woman had "set him up."

While an incident report filed by the Winner Police Department states that the woman who lived in the apartment where the stabbing allegedly took place "was at the residence and had full knowledge of the stabbing and failed to report the crime, therefore making her an accessory to the crime," police declined to comment Wednesday on whether or not she has been or will be charged, as the incident is still under investigation.

The man told police he was eventually able to get up and get away from the apartment to get help.

At 9:05 p.m. Sunday, police reportedly received a call from a woman who said she dropped Antoine off at the building where the alleged stabbing took place. Officers entered the building and searched the apartment room by room, eventually finding Antoine in a bedroom closet.

Antoine was told to get on his hands and knees and at first appeared to comply, but he then reportedly lunged forward. Officers were eventually able to handcuff Antoine, and a paring knife was allegedly found in his pocket. Antoine was transported to the Winner City Jail.

Antoine is charged with first-degree attempted murder, a Class 2 felony for which, if convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison. He is also charged with aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, a Class 3 felony, and resisting arrest, a Class 1 misdemeanor.