Police: Man stabs Glen Carbon couple in unusual attack

News-DemocratOctober 8, 2013 

— A man allegedly forced his way into a Glen Carbon home Sunday afternoon and stabbed the couple who lived there, according to prosecutors and police.

Grant W. Connor, 28, of Bridgeview, Ill., was charged with attempted murder and home invasion Tuesday morning in Madison County court. He is accused of attacking Robert and Amanda Wright in their home on Kinder Place on Sunday afternoon.

The Wrights were watching a Rams football game Sunday when Connor allegedly came up to their door, according to Glen Carbon Police Chief John Lakin. When Robert Wright answered the door, Connor told him that his car was broken down.

But when Wright turned to get a phone for Connor to use, Connor allegedly charged him and began stabbing him in the back of the head, Lakin said.

Connor is 5 feet 8 inches tall and Wright is 6 feet 4 inches tall, Lakin said. The fight was "very violent," with both of them slammed into walls. Connor allegedly had two knives: a larger fold-out knife and a smaller knife.

Wright was getting lightheaded and struggling when his wife, 33-year-old Amanda Wright, attacked Connor as well. She was stabbed in the hand, but Robert Wright was then able to grab one of the knives and stab Connor in the throat, Lakin said.

Amanda's mother, who was not named by police, called 911. The Wrights' 3-year-old daughter was also in the house, Lakin said. When police arrived, both Connor and Wright were incapacitated, he said.

"(Wright) maintained enough fight in him to keep his family alive," Lakin said. However, he said that Wright is now "visibly shaken" and has requested not to speak to the media. Wright sustained seven to eight stab wounds and was treated and released at a local hospital.

Connor was stabbed in the middle of the throat and is in stable condition at an undisclosed hospital, under police guard, Lakin said. Connor apparently did not know the Wrights, and Lakin said it may have been a case of mistaken identity. Connor has a history of mental incapacity, he said, and lives with his mother in the Chicago area.

He would not speculate on any motive Connor might have had, and said Connor has requested an attorney.

The attack is unusual for the quiet village, Lakin said, describing it as one of the stranger crimes he has investigated. "This is a very safe community, safe to live and work and run a business," he said.

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons called it "extraordinarily serious" and credited the Wrights with their quick action to defend themselves. "Thank God it didn't escalate any further," he said. "They acted quickly to overcome and subdue their assailant."

It is not known what Connor was doing in the metro-east, but he arrived on Saturday and his whereabouts are unknown from his presence in a local tavern Saturday evening until his attack on the Wrights. Lakin said anyone with information about this time period or may have had contact with him is asked to contact Glen Carbon Police.

Connor is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of home invasion, which are all Class X felonies punishable by six to 30 years in prison, of which 85 percent would have to be served. His bail has been set at $1.1 million. Once Connor is released from the hospital, he will be taken to the Madison County Jail, Gibbons said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Glen Carbon Police at 288-7226.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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