Elderly Veteran Stops Madman's Malevolent Plan

James Vernon was leading a chess club meeting for home schoolers, ages 7-13, at the Morton, Illinois, public library when a crazy man entered the room — blocking the only door — and shouting out his evil plans by saying "I'm going to kill some people." In addition, he had one large hunting knife in each hand.

The children rushed to hide under tables when 75-year-old Army veteran, James, confronted the attacker, 19-year-old Dustin Brown. James attempted to engage Brown in conversation by asking him questions about himself.

James said, “He actually ran into the room yelling, ‘I’m going to kill some people!’ He was holding two knives. I tried to talk to him. I tried to settle him down. I didn’t, but I did deflect his attention” from the children “and calmed him a bit. I asked him if he was from Morton, did he go to high school. I asked what his problem was. He said his life sucks. That’s a quote.”

He went on to say “I knew he was right-handed. He was whittling on his left arm” with the one in that hand, “making small cuts. He was trying to scare me, and he did.” But if Brown attacked, “I knew which hand it was coming from.”

James blocked Brown's weapons with his left hand, sustaining serious injuries to arteries and tendons as the blade sliced into his flesh. James then grabbed and threw Brown landing him on his back on a table with one arm pinned under him. James beat Brown on his collarbone until he released his hold on the other knife.

The mentally unstable Brown told police “I failed my mission to kill everyone.” He also told police that he had been planning for two weeks to kill people and then himself. He's now being held on a $800,000 bond with charges of attempted murder, armed violence, aggravated battery to a person over age 60, and burglary for entering the library with intent to commit a crime.

Brown was already scheduled to appear in court on Monday, October 19th to face 22 counts of possession of child pornography for which he was currently out on bond after being arrested on the charges last March. James is thankful to be alive and has no regrets.

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