State police say suspect missing after home invasion, attempted murder


Web Editor - Michael Vick

POPE COUNTY, Ill. — Illinois State Police say a man stabbed an 82-year-old in Pope County Sunday after entering the man's home on the pretense of making a phone call.

The suspect reportedly stabbed Herschel D. Matheny, of Karbers Ridge, in the chest after Matheny gave him the phone. He then struggled with another resident, 75-year-old Jacqueline C. Hicks, demanding money.

In a release, ISP said Hicks told the suspect she could get money from another room. She returned with a firearm and forced the suspect to leave.

Matheny was flown to an Evansville hospital and is expected to survive.

The suspect is still at large.