A 24-year-old Chicago man fatally stabbed a man more than three times his age following a four-month relationship between the two, prosecutors said.
Terrance Olden slashed and stabbed Donald Ellens, 75, on June 25 before robbing him of money and jewelry and fleeing the older man’s home in the Calumet Heights neighborhood, where his daughter found his body the next day, prosecutors said.
Olden was arrested Thursday night, and he admitted to stabbing Ellens about 15 times, prosecutors said. On Sunday, Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered Olden held without bail on charges of murder and armed robbery.
“The viciousness of these acts speak for themselves,” Bourgeois said.
Ellens, who would have turned 76 on July 1, worked for 30 years as a nurse’s assistant at Cook County Hospital, now known as Stroger Hospital, said his daughter, Cherita Ellens. He was a good father and neighbor who “helped out wherever and whenever he could,” his daughter said.
Witnesses told police they saw Olden go into Ellens’ home in the 9000 block of South East End Avenue on the day of the killing, Assistant State’s Attorney Wendy Caceres said. In Ellens’ bedroom, the men argued and then struggled until Olden hurled the older man off the bed, she said.
Olden then drew a knife from his pants pocket, slashed Ellens’ neck and stabbed him before pilfering his belongings and fleeing, Caceres said.
After police arrested Olden near his home in the 7100 block of South Constance Avenue, he consented to a search of his home, which turned up a bloody knife and the victim’s jewelry, Caceres said.
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