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Judge orders fitness evaluation for alleged masked stabber

A Will County judge ordered a fitness evaluation for a man who police said donned a monster mask and stabbed a caretaker at a group home more than 30 times.

At a court hearing Tuesday, Judge Dave Carlson ordered a fitness evaluation for 24-year-old Ederaldo Frantz, who appeared in court with his attorney, Jordan Kielian.

Frantz was arrested after a 50-year-old caretaker was stabbed at a group home on Fern Street in Plainfield Township. The home is managed by Help At Home, which has an office in Joliet, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

Frantz has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery in connection with the attack.

At the court hearing, Frantz wore a red jail uniform and was handcuffed. Kielian requested a fitness evaluation based on the nature of the charges against Frantz and conversations he’s had with Frantz’s family about the man’s psychological health.

Kielian declined to comment on the charges or Frantz’s mental condition.

About 8 p.m. Saturday, Frantz was arrested by deputies after he put on a mask and stabbed a caretaker at the group home more than 30 times while playing the theme song to horror movie “Halloween” on his iPod, according to police records.

Frantz stabbed the caretaker when she took away his cellphone after contacting women, police said, as caretakers had forbidden him from contacting women because of past instances of harassment.

Frantz was still wearing the mask, which was covered in blood, when deputies found him, according to the sheriff’s office.

Plainfield police assisted in Frantz’s arrest. According to a Plainfield police report, Frantz stabbed the caretaker after he had been watching the “Halloween” character Michael Myers “all day” and that got him “agitated.”

The sheriff’s office said the caretaker was hospitalized for her injuries and immediately taken into surgery. She is expected to recover, the sheriff’s office said.

Karletha Larkins, a former caretaker for Help at Home, unsuccessfully sought for a protective order against Frantz last year after she said in her petition that he attacked her. Larkins said Frantz was one of her clients when he was living at a group home at 4710 Blue Jay Lane in Plainfield.

Larkins said she still has nightmares about the attack and she said Frantz was trying to “literally gouge my eyes out” until a neighbor intervened and helped her.

Larkins said in her petition that he almost killed her with his bare hands and “nothing was done about it.” She said he was not arrested.

“Had he been arrested or charged or removed from the group home, this could have been prevented,” Larkins said of the stabbing incident.

Larkins said the judge did not grant her the protective order because she and Frantz had not had a previous altercation. Larkins said she didn’t have any issues with Frantz previously.

Larkins also said her supervisor at Help At Home persuaded her not to press charges against Frantz.

A representative at Help At Home’s Joliet office declined to direct The Herald-News to someone who could answer questions about Frantz or the stabbing incident and hung up the phone.

Dawn Johnson, Help At Home’s attorney, did not answer questions sent by The Herald-News about the incident, Frantz or Larkins’ allegations.

Johnson said there is a police investigation and she didn’t “want to interfere with that.”

“We can talk to you when that’s done,” she said.

Frantz was a participant in the day service program with Cornerstone Services, said Ben Stortz, president and CEO of the organization. Stortz said Frantz never had a violent incident with Cornerstone Services.

He said the group home Frantz was living at does not belong to Cornerstone Services.

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