Six-year-old Ky. boy fatally stabbed during attack in his bedroom
Authorities in Kentucky say an Indiana man was arrested in the death of a boy killed in a knife attack in his bedroom during a pre-dawn burglary.
VERSAILLES, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police have arrested and charged a man with murder after authorities say he stabbed a young boy to death during a home invasion in Versailles, near Lexington.
Police say on Monday around 4 a.m., 32-year-old Ronald Exantus, of Indianapolis, walked through an unlocked door at a home on Douglas Avenue in Versailles, found a kitchen knife and went upstairs and stabbed 6-year-old Logan Tipton.
Later on Monday, in hand cuffs and a bullet proof vest and guarded by four deputies, Exantus stood before Woodford District Court Judge Vanessa Dickson.
"Mr. Exantus went to an upstairs bedroom where a 6-year-old male victim was asleep in his bed. Mr. Exantus, with a large kitchen knife that he obtained in the house, stabbed the victim several times in the head area,” Judge Dickson read in court.
Four of Tipton’s siblings were home at the time of the crime, along with his father, police say.
Authorities say two of Tipton's siblings were injured, leading detectives to think they may have witnessed their brother's murder and tried to intervene. The children were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Tipton's father held Exantus until officers arrived, according to authorities. They believe he detained Exantus in a hallway, not yet realizing his son had been severely stabbed.
"Dad did what a dad was supposed to do. You know, you hear commotion in the middle of the night and you wake up and never expect to wake up to someone in your home,” said Lt. Michael Fortney of Versailles Police.
Officials know of no connection between Exantus and the Tipton family.
“There's no reasoning why he picked that bedroom or that house. We have found no correlation between the suspect and the family that lives there,” said Fortney.
Exantus is also charged with first-degree burglary. Attorneys expect assault charges to also be filed.
Bridget Hofler, a public defender with the Capital Trials Branch, says Exantus is a registered nurse in Indianapolis, but argued in court he is not competent.
She said she tried to interview him before his arraignment and concluded “he’s just not here.”
She says according to her client’s facebook page, he has three children, but she has not confirmed that with Exantus.
That same page says Exantus works as an RN at Fresenius Medical Care.
When WDRB called for a statement from his alleged employer, we were told his name is listed under the employee database at the company’s Anderson, Indiana campus.
When our call was transferred there, an employee said no one named Ronald Exantus works there.
According to Indiana’s online licensing verification, Ronald Exantus of Indianapolis, is a registered nurse with an active license.
Exantus may have been driving from Indianapolis to Florida, where his parents live, but they don’t know why he would have stopped in Versailles, police believe.
Exantus told the judge he needed an attorney appointed for him, because he does not know anyone in Versailles.
The judge entered a plea of not guilty on Exantus' behalf and set his bond at $1 million.
Exantus is being held in the Woodford County Detention Center.
Community members held a vigil for Logan Tipton Monday night.
He was a kindergartner at Simmons Elementary School and played football for Woodford County.
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