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Alleged masked stabber found unfit to stand trial on criminal charges

Ederaldo Frantz, 24, of Plainfield
Ederaldo Frantz, 24, of Plainfield

A Plainfield man charged with stabbing a caregiver more than 30 times while wearing a monster mask and sticking his fingers in the eyes of another caregiver was found unfit to stand trial.

On Wednesday, Will County Judge Dave Carlson concurred with the opinion of a psychiatrist that Ederaldo Frantz, 24, was unfit to stand trial and ordered that he receive evaluation and treatment from the Illinois Department of Human Services, according to court records and Will County State’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Carole Cheney.

As a result, the attempted murder and aggravated battery cases against Frantz will not go to trial. Both cases have a status hearing Dec. 5. Cheney said Frantz will not be present at that hearing because he will be in the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Frantz’s attorney, Jordan Kielian, requested a fitness evaluation for him June 4 based on the nature of the charges and conversations he had with Frantz’s family about his psychological health. Carlson granted the request.

Frantz was arrested June 1 and charged with stabbing a 50-year-old caregiver at a group home on Fern Street in Plainfield, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

He is accused of donning a “demonic” mask and stabbing the caregiver more than 30 times while playing the theme song to the horror movie “Halloween” on his iPod, according to the sheriff’s office.

The caregiver survived the stabbing. She was hospitalized with deep puncture wounds and a part of the broken knife was stuck inside her, the sheriff’s office said.

Police reports alleged Frantz’ nickname is “Edge” and listed his height and weight as 6 feet and 225 pounds. The assaulted caregiver is 4-foot-9 and 160 pounds.

Plainfield police reports alleged Frantz stabbed the woman after watching “Halloween” character Michael Myers “all day” and that it got him “agitated.”

On July 3, Frantz was indicted on an aggravated battery charge that alleged he stuck his fingers into the eyes of a caregiver April 9, 2018.

Karletha Larkins, 31, the victim in that incident, said Frantz was trying to “literally gouge my eyes out” until a neighbor intervened and helped her.

Larkins reported the incident to the Joliet police last year, but the case did not result in charges from the state’s attorney’s office at the time.

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