Four Lives Lost in Illinois Stabbing Spree

( – Three girls got together for a sleepover on Wednesday, March 27, in Rockford, Illinois. The kids were watching a movie when they became the final victims of a man on a stabbing spree.

Christian Soto went to his friend’s house to smoke marijuana with him, according to reports. The 22-year-old allegedly told police that the weed was laced with “an unknown narcotic” that made him paranoid. He reportedly went into the kitchen and got a knife, then stabbed his friend, 23-year-old Jacob Schupbach, and 63-year-old Ramona Schupbach.

Witnesses told authorities that Soto chased the younger Schupbach down the street before knocking him and stabbing him. The suspect then got into a pickup truck and ran the victim over. Schupbach got up and ran inside of the house. Soto allegedly chased him. Authorities later pronounced both Schupbachs dead.

After stabbing those two, Soto allegedly confronted US Postal worker Jay Larson, 49, in someone’s yard. The homeowner said he looked outside and saw a man attacking a mailman. Larson screamed at the homeowner to call the police. Law enforcement accused Soto of grabbing a knife and then stabbing the mailman. Just like with Schupbach, he reportedly got into his vehicle and ran the victim over twice. Larson died from his injuries at the hospital.

Soto allegedly fled the scene and then forced his way into a home when one of the homeowners opened the door to let their dog out. The suspect is accused of stabbing a woman in the face. Two others in the home tried to fight Soto off, but he stabbed both of them. One of the victims struck the suspect with a syrup bottle before he ran away. All three survived the brutal attack.

In the final attack, Soto reportedly broke into the home where the teen girls were watching the movie. One of the girls was upstairs making food when she saw him break in and grab a bat. She ran down to warn the others when Soto chased her into the basement. Soto hit all three girls with the bat, killing 15-year-old Jenna Newcomb.

Police captured Soto and charged him with 12 crimes, including home invasion and murder.

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