Woman Stabbed; Man Charged with Attempted Murder; Kidnapping Charges in Grundy County

Morris Police Department – Studstill Media Photoa

MORRIS – A brief manhunt ended with the arrest of one man after a woman fled from a car in Morris suffering from stab wounds. Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday the Morris Police Department say they were called to a Gas Station in the 2000 block of North Division Street for a stabbing. A bystander followed the suspect who reportedly fled the scene in a vehicle. Morris and Grundy County Sheriff’s Officers found the vehicle had crashed and arrested 50-year-old Eric Bartels of Bellevue, Washington. According to investigators, the victim and Bartels were traveling eastbound on Interstate 80, where he was allegedly holding her at knife point, battered her, and threatened to kill her. After stopping at the gas station, a bystander intervened and was able to get the victim out of her car. She suffered knife wounds to her neck and chest and was transported to Morris Hospital.  She has since been released.   Bartels was taken to the Grundy County Jail with bond yet to be set with multiple charges, including attempted murder and aggravated kidnapping.