Man Charged in Fatal Gurnee Stabbing

An 18-year-old Waukegan man is accused of fatally stabbing a man and wounding another. He was ordered held on $5 million bond

By Lisa Balde
|  Friday, Aug 19, 2011  |  Updated 11:48 AM CDT
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A suspect is in custody after a man was killed and another seriously injured in a stabbing incident Thursday afternoon in Gurnee, police said.

A suspect is in custody after a man was killed and another seriously injured in a stabbing incident Thursday afternoon in Gurnee, police said.

An 18-year-old Waukegan man was charged early Friday and ordered held on $5 million bond for allegedly fatally stabbing a man and wounding another Thursday in Gurnee.

Zervont Thomas was charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, Gurnee Police confirmed Friday.

He is accused of fatally stabbing Stefan Metel, 33, of Round Lake in the face and neck, and stabbing a 17 year old in the hand.

Police said Metel was giving Thomas, whom he originally met in Lake County Jail, a ride in his 1992 Jeep Cherokee. After meeting Thomas, Metel also picked up the 17 year old, who sat in the front passenger seat.

While on Grand Avenue, Metel and Thomas got into an argument, and Thomas allegedly stabbed him and the 17-year-old, who jumped from the vehicle onto Grand Avenue.

The Jeep rolled down Grand, veered into a berm and came to a stop in front of Anthony Buick GMC dealership, at 7225 Grand Ave., police said.

Thomas got out of the car and went toward the dealership. Metel also exited the Jeep, went into the dealership's service area and then collapsed.

Employees detained Thomas, police said, and he was taken into custody by a Lake County Sheriff's Deputy flagged down by a bystander.

Metel was later pronounced dead at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, police said. The 17 year old's injuries were not life threatening.

Police received a call at 1:16 p.m. Thursday, and first responders located the three men. Despite earlier reports of possible shots fired, police said there were no firearms involved.

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