September 19, 2021

Police: Joliet man stabbed ex-girlfriend

JOLIET TOWNSHIP – A Joliet Township woman is expected to survive after being stabbed Monday by an ex-boyfriend.

Will County sheriff's spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said the attack occurred about 6:44 a.m. when the 49-year-old woman was walking out to her car to leave for work from the 1400 block of East Cass Street.

"She saw her ex-boyfriend come out of nowhere. She tried to run [but] he attacked her from behind and stabbed her several times with a [kitchen] knife," Hoffmeyer said. "The victim dropped her keys and wallet and ran back inside where she was able to call police."

Arthur L. Knox, 50, ran from the scene before sheriff's deputies arrived to find the victim pressing a towel to her throat, Hoffmeyer said. The victim was taken to Silver Cross Hospital and treated for stab wounds to her lower abdomen, left shoulder, right shoulder and three wounds to her neck. She was listed in stable condition Tuesday and is expected to survive, according to police reports.

Hoffmeyer said the victim identified Knox as her assailant. Knox, of the 400 block of North Bluff Street, was located in Joliet later Monday and questioned by detectives. He was booked into the Will County jail on charges of attempted murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated domestic battery.

According to police reports, Knox was suspected in a Joliet domestic battery incident against the victim last year, but was not charged. He also was arrested by Shorewood police on domestic battery charges against a different woman in 2012, according to court files.