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No bond for Naperville man charged with stabbing couple in their bed

An 18-year-old man charged with breaking into a west suburban home, stealing a large kitchen knife and stabbing a husband and wife as they slept early Tuesday has been ordered held without bond.

Zachary Machnikowski of Naperville is charged with attempted murder, home invasion and residential burglary, all felonies, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office. Judge Liam Brennan ordered him held without bond Thursday.

About 1:15 a.m., Machnikowski entered a home on Iroquois Avenue in Naperville, took a large knife from the kitchen, and went upstairs to the bedroom, according to a statement from prosecutors.

He attacked the couple as they were sleeping in their bed, stabbing the husband first and then the wife, prosecutors said. When the husband tried to fight off the attack, Machnikowski ran away.

Officers arrived to find the couple covered in blood in the living room, prosecutors said. Each had been stabbed multiple times in the face, head, hands and abdomen. They were taken to a hospital with injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening.

Machnikowski was arrested within minutes.

“It is alleged that in the middle of the night, an unsuspecting couple was awakened by the blade of a 12-inch kitchen knife cutting through their flesh,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement. “No one should have to endure this type of vicious, unprovoked attack.”

Machnikowski, of the 1100 block of Spring Garden in Naperville, is next scheduled to appear in court April 27.