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Chance A Young, 19, tells girlfriend 'I'm going to need you to let me kill you' and stabs her 17 TIMES

Chance A Young, who also suggested he was the messiah before stabbing the victim, has been charged with attempted murder
(Representational image - Getty Images/Creative)
(Representational image - Getty Images/Creative)

BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS: A 19-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend 17 times inside their east Bloomington apartment has been charged with attempted murder.

Bloomington police were called at about 9.25 pm on Thursday, November 10, to the 2100 block of Todd Drive, near the intersection of Empire Street and Hershey Road, where prosecutors say Chance A Young brought a six-inch long knife into the bedroom and told his girlfriend, "I’m going to need you to let me kill you,” and suggested he was the Messiah. The perp then allegedly stabbed the victim repeatedly in a random and unprovoked attack. The victim underwent surgery and is being treated at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, where she’s on a ventilator.


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An arrest affidavit by the McLean County State Attorney's office, obtained by The Pantagraph, stated that Young, of Bloomington, was charged Saturday, November 12, in McLean County court with attempted murder, a Class X felony, after stabbing a woman on Thursday. He was additionally charged with aggravated domestic battery, which is a Class 2 felony. The document also stated that Young has a history of mental health issues, psychosis, and substance use. In fact, he was recently hospitalized for mental health problems.

Bloomington police said in its report that the victim was lying in bed when Young brought a 6-inch knife into the bedroom and told her, “I’m going to need you to let me kill you.” He then proceeded to stab the victim 17 times, wounding her neck, chest, shoulders, legs side, wrist, and stomach. She somehow managed to flee the building and pounded on a neighbor's door asking for help, as per charging documents. Police eventually found her lying in the hallway of the building, covered in blood. Court records stated that the neighbor told police they heard the victim repeatedly yelling at Young to stop.

The police report also mentioned how officers found Young nearby with cuts to his hands and blood on his arms. He was reportedly combative with them and "had to be tased" to "gain compliance," prosecutors said. Charging documents also stated how Young told police "he just went crazy" and remembered getting a knife from the kitchen. He admitted to stabbing the victim. As of Friday, November 11, the victim had undergone surgery and was intubated on a ventilator. Bloomington Police Department (BPD) officials told The Pantagraph that the victim was in serious but stable condition.


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A judge set Young's bond at $1 million in a court hearing on Saturday, with 10% needed to apply for release. The suspect, who was appointed a public defender, is currently being held at the McLean County jail. The judge also ordered Young to have no contact with the victim or her home. He is due back in court for arraignment at 9 am on December 9. 

BPD officer Brandt Parsley urged anyone with additional information about the incident to contact BPD Det. Brock Merritt at 309-434-2359 or