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Two teens face attempted murder charges in Streamwood stabbing
By Barbara Vitello | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 3/4/2009 12:06 AM | Updated: 3/4/2009 9:05 AM

Two teens face attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and aggravated battery charges for a stabbing Saturday morning in Streamwood.

Authorities charged 18-year-old Carmichael Nation of Evanston and a 16-year-old Schaumburg High School student with the crimes, the most serious of which carries a sentence of six to 30 years. The 16-year-old, who plays on his school's basketball team and has no criminal background, was arrested Tuesday. The third defendant remains at large.

Nation, a former Schaumburg High School student whose family hails from Jamaica, has a misdemeanor obstruction case pending. Authorities described Nation - who has a green card but is not a U.S. citizen - as a flight risk, recounting statements he made to police in which he indicated he'd rather be in Jamaica than face charges here.

In their motions regarding bond, defense attorneys requested their clients be placed on the electronic monitoring program. Cook County Judge Kay Hanlon denied their request. Citing the seriousness of the charges, she set bond at $250,000 for both teens and imposed special conditions, including a 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, no contact order and drug testing.

The three men entered the victim's home at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday, threatened him and tried to steal a safe, said Assistant State's Attorney Matt Fakhoury. The teens held the victim down while the third defendant stabbed him a half dozen times in the stomach, chest and legs, Fakhoury said. The victim underwent extensive surgery and remains in stable condition at St. Alexius Hospital.

Witnesses' description of the car the defendants used led police to Nation and the other teen. The defendants next appear in a Rolling Meadows courtroom on March. 20.