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Arcola man held for attempted murder

By Dominik Stallings

DOUGLAS COUNTY CORRECTIONS Officer Nick Wilhelm, left, walks Manuel Alcantara into the Douglas County Courthouse Monday. Alcantara is charged with alleged attempted murder. Photo by Dominik Stallings.

Manuel Alcantara, Arcola, was arrested for alleged attempted second degree murder and aggravated domestic violence Sunday, Jan. 4.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Dalia Dolores Barajes called 911 Saturday night after Alcantara allegedly stabbed her three times. Alcantara reportedly had stabbed himself in the neck as well.

Both were transported to Carle Foundation Hospital once stabilized by Emergency Medical Services who arrived on scene shortly after.

Police found Alcantara walking out of an apartment in the 100 block of North Oak Street at 11:30 p.m. wounded on the neck, wearing a bloody shirt. He reportedly said “I stabbed her,” four times before being handcuffed. The arresting officer noted that Alcantara seemed intoxicated during the arrest.

After arresting Alcantara, police found Barajas locked in the bathroom. Police found a knife with a small amount of blood in the kitchen sink.

During Baraja’s interview with the police, she said that they were drinking when Alcantara became very jealous and accused her of being unfaithful shortly before grabbing a kitchen knife and stabbing her. She said that Alcantara tried to gain access to the bathroom she locked herself into and feared that Alcantara would kill her if she didn’t get into the bathroom.

After Alcantara was released from the hospital and placed under arrest Sunday afternoon. During his arrest he stated that he had no recollection of the previous night and only remembers being in the hospital.

Alcantara’s detention hearing was moved to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, after Alcantara’s public defender, Kevin Nolan, said, “There’s something that’s come up that needs to be verified or verified not” in regard to the case.

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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