A 47-year-old homeless man slashed another homeless man in Elgin Saturday with a steak knife, causing the victim to need 10 stitches to close a wound on his left index finger that he suffered while blocking a stab attempt toward his chest, according to police.
Timothy L. Davis was being held on $15,000 bail at the Kane County jail after being charged with felony aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to court records.
A conviction on the most serious charge could result in up to five years in prison, with probation also an option.
According to Elgin police, authorities were called to Standish Court where the injured man told police Davis confronted him, tried to stab him in the chest and then threw the knife away while he was running away.
Police said they searched the area and Davis emerged from a wooded area with his hands up and said, "Alright, you got me." He showed detectives where he threw the knife but said the injured man and another man had attacked him and he was defending himself, police said.
According to court records, Davis was recently released from jail after being held for 15 days on misdemeanor retail theft charges from Sept. 16, 2013. Davis pleaded guilty Sept. 30 to trying to steal 16 cans of Red Bull from a Walgreens.
Davis is due in court Oct. 16.