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19-year-old accused of stabbing his girlfriend 17 times in their Bloomington apartment

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A 19-year-old was charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend 17 times inside their east Bloomington apartment.

It happened Thursday night in their apartment in the 2100 block of Todd Drive. Prosecutors say Chance Young brought a 6-inch long knife into their bedroom and said, “I’m going to need you to let me kill you,” and suggested he was the Messiah. Young then allegedly stabbed the victim repeatedly. The victim said it appeared to be random and unprovoked.

The victim has been through surgery and is being treated at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, where she’s on a ventilator, prosecutors said.

Young has a history of psychosis, mental health issues and drug use, prosecutors said. He was allegedly using drugs before the attack. When police found and arrested Young, he was covered in blood and “had to be Tased” to gain compliance,” prosecutors said.

Young was charged Saturday in McLean County court with attempted murder and aggravated domestic battery. He’s being held at the McLean County jail on $1 million bond.

Young, who was appointed a public defender, is due back in court for arraignment at 9 a.m. Dec. 9.

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