ALTON — A 55-year-old man remained hospitalized Tuesday after someone barged into his home and attacked him last week, severely cutting his ear and ransacking the bloodied house.
Victim Kenneth E. Carter, of the 1300 block of Pearl Street, also suffered lacerations to his face during the Jan. 16 home invasion and battery.
Police on Tuesday only would say Carter still is hospitalized and no one is in custody in the incident. His condition also was not immediately available.
“The investigation is ongoing,” said Pfc. Emily Hejna, public information officer at the Alton Police Department. She said detectives are not releasing further information about the case at this time.
Someone had called 911 at 3:32 p.m. Jan. 16 to report a “possible battery,” an Alton police incident report says. The responding police officer said he noticed dried blood on the floors of the front porch and living room, finding Carter on his back on the living room floor.
The report says Carter’s face and bare chest were covered in a large amount of dried blood and his “left ear was cut down the middle,” with lacerations to his face. It also says the carpet underneath Carter was blood-soaked and there was a kitchen knife with a bent and bloody blade lying next to him.
A 4-foot-long fluorescent light bulb also was lying next to Carter, broken and covered with blood, the report says. It further says Carter was incoherent “and did not know what happened to him or who did it, and that he fell.”
Police said the front door appeared to have been forced open, with part of its jamb broken and lying on the floor just inside the home. The wall by the door was bloody and had a hole in it from the door knob hitting drywall hard; and there was blood on the back of the door and on walls throughout the residence, the report says.
The house also was in disarray, with cabinet doors hanging open, it says.
Police also said the house smelled of cannabis, there was a small box on the floor containing cannabis leaves and seven cannabis plants in pots in the rear bedroom.
Paramedics from Alton Memorial Ambulance Service treated Carter at his home, then continued treating him as they took him to Alton Memorial Hospital. Carter reportedly transferred to another facility for further treatment, and no longer is at Alton Memorial.
The police officer summoned detectives and an Illinois State Police crime scene investigator to the home, with the authorities awaiting arrival of a search warrant.
Authorities had not charged Carter with any offenses as of Tuesday afternoon.
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