Man stabbed in front of Macomb church

Recent mug shot of 36-year-old Robert Wilson, suspect in Sunday stabbing / McDonough County Jail

UPDATED: April 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Robert Wilson now faces charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery.

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UPDATED: April 18 at 10:35 a.m.

Macomb police arrested 36-year-old Robert Wilson as a suspect several hours after a man was stabbed outside the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb.

The victim, Darwin Armentrout of Macomb, suffered multiple cuts to his upper body and neck.

The suspect, Wilson, was also found with self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest.

Both Armentrout and Wilson were airlifted to Peoria for treatment of their stab wounds.

No motive has been found at this time, but the Macomb Police Department will review the case with the States Attorney's Office Monday as to what charges should be brought up against Wilson once he's released from the hospital.

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A man is in stable condition after being stabbed multiple times outside a Macomb church Sunday.

Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker told KHQA the victim was stabbed four times with a knife, at least once in the neck. The victim was flown to a Peoria Hospital immediately after the incident. Police have not released the name of the victim.

The incident occured around 7:30 a.m. Sunday in front of the First Presbyterian Church of Macomb near the corner of North Dudley and East Carroll streets.

Chief Barker says police arrested a homeless man, Robert Wilson, 36, wanted in connection with the stabbing Sunday morning. Wilson was walking in the 700 block of North Randolph when someone recognized him and called police.

Chief Barker told the McDonough County Voice that police reports show the victim was walking with Wilson on North Dudley Street when the incident happened, but no further details are yet available.

It is believed the stabbing happened on the street in front of the church and possibly up on to the adjoining sidewalk.

Morning services at the church were cancelled. Below is a message the church posted on its website:

A friend of the church was assaulted this morning and was able to get into the church where he collapsed. He was taken to the emergency room. Because the police have determined the church to be a crime scene, the building has been sealed. Worship services and the lunch have been cancelled. Please pray for all involved. -Dan Colvin, Clerk

Wilson is being held in the McDonough County Jail on charges of aggravated battery, but that could be upgraded. It is anticipated that Wilson will make an initial court appearance Monday afternoon.