Attempted murder and arson charges filed again against Lake Geneva man

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Darryl Enriquez
Thursday, May 26, 2011
— Attempted murder and arson charges have again been filed against a man who was not prosecuted on identical charges in 2010 because a judge ruled him mentally incapable of standing trial.

Damen Leroy, 32, of 1053 Mobile St., Lake Geneva, was released recently from the mental health institution where he was receiving treatment. He appeared Wednesday in Walworth County Court and is free on a $5,000 signature bond.

Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss said before the Wednesday court hearing that since Leroy had been released from the mental health institution, Koss would again file the charges.

Leroy is accused of stabbing Arthur Johnsen, then 47, at Johnsen’s apartment in Delavan on Dec. 5, 2009, and setting fire to the property.

Court documents from 2010 report Leroy could achieve competency with appropriate treatment. At the time, Leroy was ruled a risk to himself or others and that he needed medication.

According to the criminal complaint:

Johnsen told police he was sleeping in his apartment when he was Leroy attacked him just before 11 p.m. Johnsen said he had no idea why Leroy stabbed him in the neck.

A bloody 11-inch knife with a taped handle was found on a table in Johnsen’s apartment. Police asked Johnsen about the fire in his apartment and he said Leroy “must have started” it.

Leroy was arrested at his home about an hour later. Police said there were bloodstains on his shirt, pants and hands.

Policy reported Leroy admitted trying to kill Johnsen. When asked why, Leroy responded that Johnsen “had been messing with him” and trying to “screw up my religion.”

Leroy told police he found Johnsen’s door closed but unlocked. Leroy said he stabbed the sleeping man in the neck and punched him in the face four to five times.

The attack stopped because Johnsen wrestled the knife away from Leroy, according to the complaint. Leroy said that after he started the fire, he left the apartment and went home.

Last updated: 5:07 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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