Roman Magnus, 17, Charged in Stabbing in Downtown Palatine Friday Night

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Roman Magnus, 17, of the 200 block of North Smith Street, is accused of stabbing a man near Subway sandwiches in the 200 block of North Smith Street. Magnus appeared Monday in Cook County court, facing aggravated battery charges, where a judge set his bail at $40,000.

Palatine police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 11:09 p.m. Friday to a stabbing near the Subway in the 100 block of North Smith Street. Police reported they had a male offender in custody immediately upon arrival. Palatine firefighter/paramedics transported the stabbing victim to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.


Palatine police learned that the crime occurred when a 25-year-old male was sitting in a parked car with two other people, and shouted to Magnus to stop looking and move on. The 25-year-old male got out of his vehicle and approached Magnus, who pulled out a switch blade and stabbed the victim in the chest.

Police recovered the knife, with what appeared to have blood on it, from the offender’s pocket. Magnus was identified as the offender by the victim and two witnesses.

Police believe there was no prior relationship between Magnus and the victim.

Magnus faces two felony counts of aggravated battery and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. His next court date is Sept. 22 at the county courthouse in Rolling Meadows. If convicted of the Class 3 felony charges, Magnus could be sentenced to a maximum of two to five years in prison.


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