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Article updated: 2/19/2013 11:11 PM

Elgin man faces charges in Valentine's Day attack

By Sara Hooker

A man who faces charges of attacking his estranged wife's new boyfriend on Valentine's Day remains hospitalized since stepping in front of a semi shortly after the attack, officials said.

Police say Randall S. Sinks, 27, of the 500 block of Douglas Ave., Elgin, entered an Elgin apartment and used a metal pipe to strike a male victim in the head multiple times.

Once Sinks is released from the hospital, police say he will be charged with two counts of home invasion, two counts of aggravated battery, criminal trespass to residence, domestic battery and violation of an order of protection, Elgin Lt. Dan O'Shea said.

Sinks fled after the attack, police said, and threatened suicide in a text message exchange with his estranged wife. Later that night, Sinks stepped in front of a semi on Route 20, police said.

He was taken to Sherman Hospital where he was treated for a broken leg, broken ribs, a collapsed lung and other injuries that are not life-threatening. Sinks remains at Sherman Hospital under police guard.

The victim was treated and released from Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin.

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