Suspect in Crystal Lake double-stabbing nabbed in Alabama

Tribune reporter

The suspect in a double-stabbing in northwest suburban Crystal Lake last week was arrested today in Alabama, officials said.

Jimmy Bell Jr., who had been named in arrest warrants issued after a July 2 stabbing of a couple was arrested at 1 p.m. in Tuscaloosa, Ala. by members of the U.S. Marshal's Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force and Tuscaloosa, Ala. police, Crystal Lake police said in a press release.

Bell, 30, of Elgin was charged with two counts of attempted murder in arrest warrants, police said. Police said the stabbing was domestic-related but did not provide any more details.

At about 4:17 a.m.,  last Tuesday, Crystal Lake police where called to a home on the 1500 block of Isle Royal Circle for a report of two people being injured.

When police arrived they found that a 28-year-old woman and her 23-year-old boyfriend had sustained multiple stab wounds, police said. The suspect had fled the scene.

The two were initially listed in critical condition. The woman has since been released from the hospital while the man remains hospitalized. His condition has stabilized, police said.

Bell traveled to Alabama where he has family immediately following the incident in Crystal Lake, police said. He was arrested  in the home of a cousin. Bell is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office had authorized warrants for Bell's arrest for two counts of attempted murder.

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