Paroled sex offender stabbed his neighbor for being on his steps: prosecutors

Randy Carter (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A paroled sex offender may be heading back to prison after prosecutors accused him of stabbing his neighbor because the victim was on his steps. Judge Charles Beach detained 64-year-old Randy Carter at the state’s request. 

Prosecutors told Beach that Carter stepped outside his unit in the 8700 block of South Baltimore last Saturday and yelled at his 36-year-old neighbor to get off the steps. The man complied as Carter threatened him, they said.

Carter proceeded to produce a knife, chase the victim, and then climb on top of the man after he fell, according to court filings. He then stabbed the man three times while he was down—in the back of the neck, the thigh, and the bicep—the filings said.

A witness saw the attack and called 911. Cops went to Carter’s door and his roommate answered, saying that Carter told them that he had stabbed someone and didn’t feel safe coming home again, according to their report. But, when police entered the apartment, Carter emerged and the roommate identified him, saying, “That’s him right there.”

According to the police report, officers saw “what look[ed] to be blood” on Carter’s shoes and under his right eye and three cuts on his fingers.

Carter is charged with attempted first-degree murder.

He received an 8-year prison sentence for a 2009 predatory criminal sexual assault in Will County in 2020, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. He was released in March 2021 and remains on parole. The state is reviewing Carter’s parole status in light of the new allegations.

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