Lincoln Park home invasion, knife attack was completely random, officials say; charges filed

Devion Allen (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A Lincoln Park man continues to recover from multiple stab wounds he suffered when a home invader entered his house at random and attacked him as he slept on Friday.

New details of the attack were revealed Saturday during a detention hearing for the accused man, 25-year-old Devion Allen.

The victim, 25, and his 28-year-old girlfriend were sleeping in their home in the 2000 block of North Clifton when Allen entered their residence around 11:30 p.m., officials said.

Allen took a knife from the kitchen and attacked the man, inflicting stab wounds to the victim’s neck, chest, and both hands, according to prosecutors. Officials said Allen later admitted to “cutting” the man “a few times” and fleeing after the man wrestled the knife away.

While officers were responding to the girlfriend’s 911 call, another 911 caller reported seeing a suspicious man sweating and panting about a block from the home invasion scene.

Cops investigating the suspicious person call detained Allen in the 1900 block of North Seminary. According to a CPD report, officers brought the girlfriend to the scene, and she immediately shouted, “That’s him!”

The report said that Allen “made several incriminating statements through excited utterance” after being arrested. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of cuts to both hands.

Judge Shauna Boliker detained Allen, citing his danger to the public.

He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, home invasion causing injury, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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