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Three stabbed late Tuesday night in Sterling

A suspect is in custody

STERLING – A Sterling man accused of stabbing three family members Tuesday night, none fatally, was in Whiteside County Jail Wednesday on $250,000 bond.

Richard C. Snyder, 41, stabbed two women, 22 and 62, and a 65-year-old man at a home in the 1000 block of West Fourth Street shortly before 11 p.m., then fled on foot, police said in a news release. He also hit an officer while he was being arrested on the Avenue G bridge, the release said.

According to online court records at judici.com, Snyder is charged with seven felony counts: two counts of aggravated battery to a person 60 or older, aggravated battery, three counts of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery of a police officer. All carry 3 to 7 years in prison upon conviction except aggravated battery, which carries 2 to 5 years.

The three, whose relationship to Snyder was not made public, were taken to CGH Medical Center; the 22-year-old was released and the two others were kept overnight for observation, Detective Sgt. Steve Hubbard said. No motive was released.

A second 911 call, made at 10:56 p.m. while police were at the home, reported a man matching Snyder's description approaching someone with a knife in the 800 block of West Fourth Street. No one was injured in that incident.

At 11:02 p.m., police received a third call. A driver spotted a man, again matching Snyder's description, walking across the bridge holding a knife, the release said.

Whiteside County, Rock Falls and Sterling police officers went to the bridge, where Snyder was arrested. The officer who was struck was not injured, police said.

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