Complaint: Crookston Man Admitted to Stabbing Father, Said He Was 'Going to be Famous'CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A Crookston man who is a suspect in his father's stabbing death admitted to the crime on the way to jail and said he was "going to be famous," according to the criminal complaint.
By: Rick Abbott, WDAZ
CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A Crookston man who is a suspect in his father's stabbing death admitted to the crime on the way to jail and said he was "going to be famous," according to the criminal complaint.
Jacob Anthony Abel, 27, was found by Crookston police officers in the hallway of an apartment building at 1500 North Broadway Sunday night holding a knife and covered in blood.
Abel was ordered to drop the knife, which he did, and was handcuffed. He told officers that he had killed his father, according to the complaint.
One of the officers then checked the apartment where Abel and his father, Jerome Anthony Abel, 58, lived. The officer knocked on the door of apartment E206, but no one answered. He then opened the door, identified himself and found Jerome Able lying face down in the living room in a pool of blood.
Jacob Abel was arrested and taken to the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston. According to the complaint, Abel talked the whole way to the jail and made statements to the effect that he had killed his father and was going to be famous.
At the jail, Abel was interviewed and said that he was upset with his father that night, went into the kitchen, got a knife and drove it into his father's head as he was lying on the couch. Abel said his father started to fight back so Abel stabbed him in the neck. According to the autopsy performed on Jerome Abel, he was stabbed over two dozen times in the head and neck, several times in the chest and abdomen, several to the hands and arms and bruising to the face. According to the complaint, the tip of the knife used to kill Abel was found in his skull.
The criminal complaint goes on to detail the gruesome scene in the Crookston apartment unit. Blood was spattered around the living room, including each of the four walls. The couch was covered in blood and there was a large pool on the floor near Jerome's head.
As he was being interviewed, Jacob Abel acted "very strangely," made statements that made no sense or were wrong, became very agitated and said he was going to kill one of the officers, according to the complaint.
Abel was charged with premeditated murder in the first degree, punishable by up to life in prison, and murder in the second degree, punishable by up to 40 years in prison.
The Crookston Times reports that at Tuesday's preliminary hearing, Abel interrupted proceedings shortly after they started with a largely incomprehensible tirade.
Assistant County Attorney Scott Buhler asked the judge to suspend the hearing so that they could evaluate Abel's competency to stand trial.
Abel was previously committed for mental and chemical dependency issues, he said.