Homeless man charged in fatal stabbing in Uptown

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A homeless man told police he stabbed to death another vagrant because he thought the man was going to urinate in his makeshift home in an Uptown bus shelter, Cook County prosecutors said.

Ross Feiwell, who stumbled into court mumbling to himself Tuesday, was allegedly caught killing Thomas Sawyer, 49, on surveillance cameras from a Target store in the 4400 block of North Broadway, Assistant State’s Attorney Enrique Abraham said.

“Lies,” Feiwell, 58, said as Abraham described how Feiwell allegedly killed his rival Sunday night.

Feiwell was setting up his “house” when Sawyer approached him with a wooden pole, Abraham said.

Feiwell, armed with a metal chain, warned Sawyer to “steer clear” before the two men started fighting around the bus shelter, Abraham said.

After Feiwell was able to move the wooden stick away from Sawyer, he allegedly stabbed him in the neck. Feiwell then hit Sawyer with the stick while he was on the ground lying in a pool of blood, Abraham said.

Feiwell wiped the blood from the knife and put the knife in his suitcase, Abraham said. Police arrived and recovered all the weapons and a bloody rag, he said.

“I was protecting my house,” Feiwell allegedly told police. “He was going to piss in my house.”

Feiwell was convicted of attempted murder in 1986 for hitting a house guest with a hatchet and trying to strangle him. He also was convicted of trying to escape from custody while awaiting for trial on that case.

When Abraham detailed how Feiwell attacked his previous victim and stole his Cadillac, Rolex watch and $200, Feiwell screamed out, “It was a homosexual sex game!”

Feiwell, who was dressed in a paper gown, believes the “Illuminati” are after him and is seeking a rabbi to help him, Assistant Public Defender Marijane Placek said.

Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered Feiwell held without bail. The judge also ordered Feiwell be treated at Cermak Hospital while in custody. “I will be judged by a higher power,” Feiwell told Bourgeois.

Feiwell also made a mention of Anita Hill and Kathy Bates’ performance in the film “Misery.”

As he was being led away by sheriff’s deputies after his hearing, Feiwell accused another assistant public defender of being the devil and a member of the Illuminati.

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