Teen stabbed by another teen over "small amount of money"

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.

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