by Heartland News
BENTON, IL (KFVS) - A 14 year-old boy from Benton has been charged with one count of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery after stabbing a 16-year-old boy in the chest, said Benton police chief Lance Charlson.
Charlson said the stabbing was over "a small amount of money."
Charlson said someone called the 14-year-old and told the teen he'd given the 16-year-old money to buy something, but the 16-year-old failed to return with the item. The 14-year-old reportedly responded by saying he would "take care of it," then he and several others climbed into a van and began looking for the 16-year-old.
Charlson said the group found the 16-year-old riding his bicycle on Petroff road, stopped, then the 14-year-old got and was seen punching the 16 year-old in the chest. The chief said the teen then ran back to the van, told the driver to get out of there, then threw a five-inch locking knife out the window of the van.
Someone driving by picked up the 16 year-old and rushed him to the hospital. The teen was then airlifted to an Indiana hospital.
The 14-year-old was being held in the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center.