A Spickard man faces 11 counts of felony first-degree assault or attempted assault after he allegedly tried to kill Amish children on October 22.
The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office states that 39-year-old Amos Slabaugh has also been charged with felony armed criminal action. He is being held without bond and is scheduled to appear in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court on November 14.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Slabaugh, during a recorded interview after waiving his rights, admitted he sought to find 11 Amish children to shoot and kill them with a .38-special revolver. He allegedly confessed to stopping at the residence of two witnesses to kill their children, but no one was home.
The affidavit further notes that Slabaugh did not own a gun before October 22. He reportedly purchased the .38-special revolver and 56 rounds of ammunition for $450 from a Spickard residence on the same day.
A sheriff’s deputy reportedly engaged Slabaugh about one mile from the witnesses’ residence. The gun was subsequently located and secured from Slabaugh’s left front coat pocket.
Slabaugh allegedly attempted to destroy and damage his brother’s property in the past, though no charges were filed.
(Photo courtesy Grundy County Law Enforcement Center)