By Huey Freeman
Herald & Review
DECATUR, Ill. — When Allen M. Hall's 49-year-old female roommate ate three Chips Ahoy cookies, that apparently sent him into a frenzy, which almost resulted in her death.
When Hall, 23, threatened to kill his roommate when he discovered she ate the cookies for breakfast, at first she thought he was joking.
But after repeating the threats Hall attacked her, said an affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Joseph Kish.
The incident occurred about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday in a house on the 400 block of East Garfield Avenue, where Hall and the roommate had separate bedrooms.
The victim said she was dressing in a bathroom when Hall started pounding on the door, threatening to kill her.
Because she didn't take the threat seriously she opened the door and told him: "If you are going to kill me then go ahead," the victim later told police.
Hall shocked her with his violent response.
"Allen grabbed her around the throat with both of his hands and threw her down into the tub," she told police, said the affidavit. "She hit the back of her head on the tub and this caused a knot on her head."
Hall then got on top of her "and strangled her to the point she could not speak and was having difficulty breathing."
The victim's husband and landlady both arrived on the scene and "had to pull Allen off of her."
She later told police she believed "Allen would have killed her if (her husband and landlady) had not been there."
The landlady told police she was in the dining room when she heard "commotion coming from the bathroom." When she arrived on the scene, Hall was on top of her in the tub, with his hands around her neck "and appeared to be squeezing as hard as he could."
When the landlady yelled for him to stop, he did not relent, so she grabbed one of his arms. Then she and the victim's husband pulled Hall off of her.
"If she had not been there she believed Allen would have killed (the victim)," the landlady told police.
During a police interview, Hall explained, "(The victim) told him to kill her, so he charged."
Hall is being held on $75,000 bond in the Macon County Jail on charges of attempted murder and aggravated domestic battery. He is due in circuit court for his arraignment by Thursday.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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