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updated: 12/13/2011 5:00 PM

Boyfriend charged with attempted murder in Lombard stabbing

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  • Demetrice Tompkins

    Demetrice Tompkins


Bail was set at $2 million Tuesday for a man accused of repeatedly stabbing his girlfriend inside his brother's Lombard apartment.

Demetrice Tompkins, 47, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated domestic battery following the attack on the 2200 block of South Stewart Avenue.

Prosecutors said Tompkins followed the victim into his brother's apartment about 11:30 a.m. Monday. After the victim threw an alcoholic drink in his face and threatened to call police, authorities said, Tompkins forced her into a bathroom, locked the door, and began beating and repeatedly stabbing her.

Tompkins stabbed the victim more than three times in the chest and abdomen, and slashed her arms, Assistant State's Attorney Tim Diamond said, noting that the victim remained hospitalized in stable condition.

"She thought she was going to die," Diamond told DuPage County Judge Elizabeth Sexton in bond court Tuesday.

Tompkins' brother called 911 after he heard the beating unfold through the bathroom door. Diamond said the victim could be heard screaming on the recorded call.

Tompkins was arrested at his home on the 2300 block of East 73rd Street in Chicago. He confronted officers while holding a knife over his head after he refused to open the door and they forced their way inside, Diamond said.

Tompkins later confessed, telling investigators his girlfriend's drinking was "responsible for all the problems in his life," according to Diamond.

Diamond said Tompkins was on bond and awaiting trial in a July domestic battery case involving the same victim. His criminal record includes a prior domestic battery charge and a drug possession case from the late 1990s.

Tompkins would need to post $200,000 to bond out. His next court date is Jan. 5 in front of Judge Daniel Guerin.

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