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updated: 7/8/2013 5:20 PM

Elgin man wanted in Crystal Lake stabbing captured

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  • Jimmy Bell Jr.

    Jimmy Bell Jr.


The Elgin man wanted on charges of attempted murder in last week's stabbings of a Crystal Lake woman and her boyfriend was captured Monday afternoon in Alabama, police say.

Crystal Lake police say Jimmy Bell Jr. was captured about 1 p.m. at a cousin's house in Tuscaloosa, Ala., by federal marshals and Tuscaloosa police.

Police issued a warrant for Bell's arrest shortly after someone broke into a home on the 1500 block of Isle Royal Circle about 4:15 a.m. on July 2 and stabbed the couple multiple times.

The 28-year-old female victim, who police say was an ex-girlfriend of Bell's, has since been released from the hospital, while her 23-year-old boyfriend remains in stable condition at an area hospital.

"We're quite confident that we've covered all of our bases on this one," Crystal Lake police Cmdr. Dan Dziewior said. "This case is a case of domestic violence, and this is the suspect we believe responsible for it."

Bell will remain in custody in Alabama while McHenry County authorities begin the process of extraditing him.

Bell currently faces charges of attempted murder; however, authorities expect multiple additional charges will be added.

"They're going to compile the charges against him when he's returned here to Illinois," Dziewior said.

Police continue to search for the red Honda Accord with the license plates 5566117 that they believe Bell used to travel to Alabama.

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