An Illinois man, who has lived with his elderly mother for years, is accused of killing her with sword, then stuffing her into a trash bag.
David Krystyniak, 47, is charged with stabbing his 74-year-old mother, Judith Krystyniak, with a sword, before trying to conceal and dispose of her body, Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski said at a news conference on Wednesday.
Kaminski said that an officer was driving on patrol, along with a social worker, on Monday morning. As they passed by the Krystyniak residence in Park Ridge, they noticed debris littering the driveway. Both knew the family — and found the debris "very unusual."
The two approached the house and knocked on the door, with no response. Later that day, Kaminski said, they came back and spoke to David.
Kaminski said that the interaction was friendly, but David was exhibiting “erratic thoughts.” David welcomed them in the house, according to Kaminiski.
“Once inside the house, the police officer noticed a sword and a hammer in the area,” Kaminiski said, adding that the home was in disarray.
The two asked if they could see the mother and David said yes, so the pair searched for her, according to police. They couldn’t find her, at first.
“But they did notice that there was a large garbage can [...] and the police officer noticed what he believed to be a hand sticking out of the large container, and he also noticed blood in the area,” Kaminski said.
Police believe that David stabbed Judith with the two-foot sword found in the home, according to Fox News, and that she died from several stab wounds to her chest. It is believed that she died Sunday evening.
“David then tried to conceal the death by placing his mother in the garbage can, and we believe that he was planning to place the garbage can at the curbside for the pickup of trash on Monday,” Kaminski alleged.
David was arraigned Wednesday and it was decided he will be held on no bond.The mother and son lived in the home for decades, and there was no history of domestic violence. There was an emergency call made from the home earlier this month, when David claimed his mom had overdosed, Kaminski told reporters. However, it was revealed that she was fine, and that David may have believed that she overdosed because he had changed his medication.
It’s not clear if David Krystyniak has a lawyer. He reportedly suffers from mental health issues. Police say they have received several calls about him acting out in the past — but nothing violent.
His next court date is Aug. 14.
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