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Update: Two Charged With Assault After Stabbing Man

A 54-year old man was transported to an area hospital for serious injuries from multiple stab wounds to his head, neck, and upper torso.

Update: More information was added at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Two O'Fallon men are charged with assault after allegedly stabbing a man during an attempted robbery last week.

According to police, Peyton K McAnelly, 20, O’Fallon, and Avery Cornuelle, 18, O’Fallon, attempted to rob a man on the 800 block of Blackberry Lane on June 8. 

were called to the home at 4:57 p.m. in reference to assault.

The victim, a 54 year old man, was transported to an area hospital for serious injuries from multiple stab wounds to his head, neck, and upper torso.

According to O'Fallon Police, the victim had made contact and had agreed to meet with the two suspects through a social media site and then drove to O’Fallon to complete the meeting.

The St Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office agreed today to the release of this information in the interest of public safety. The O’Fallon Police Department cautions anyone setting up meetings with strangers in this manner.

McAnelly is charged with  Accessory Assault 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action, with a bond of $200,000 dollars. Cornuelle is charged with Assault 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action, with a bond of $200,000 dollars.

PMS June 11, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Thank the lord these two thugs are off the streets of north O'Fallon. Many prayers for the victim.
Anonymous June 12, 2012 at 04:56 AM
This is really sad. Avery is a good kid. I don't know how he got involved in this mess.
SA June 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Avery is smart enough to know right and wrong!
PMS June 12, 2012 at 05:10 PM
SA-apparently not! \ Anonymous-Herion is a big problem in this area, it only takes one time and the user IS hooked. People just do not want to believe that is everywhere here in O'Fallon. For example, Deer Run Library is a common meeting place. Open your eyes people, do not pretend that it isn't at your backdoor.
PMS June 12, 2012 at 05:41 PM
A slap on the wrist? Really? Not a good idea. There are many FZN students that are friends with these boys and are very interested in this case. I surely hope that our prosecuters and judges (we pay their salary) in St. Charles County show these kids that this type of behavior is not OK and will not be tollerated.
andrew adams June 12, 2012 at 05:54 PM
avery was not person do yhat type to do that to that 54 old guy hes was one person was with every thing did he would never did tht it was pation who got him to do it
CJ June 12, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I am curious did either of these two have a vehicle? If so what was it?
PMS June 12, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Andrew where did you learn how to spell and write? Hopefully not in our public schools!
PMS June 12, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Looks like they had a riding lawnmower!
Anonymous June 12, 2012 at 08:48 PM
PMS-I know there is a drug problem in O'fallon. Its just unfortunate that he got involved because he comes from a good family & as far as I know would give you the shirt off his back. I don't condone what he's done & believe that he should be punished for his actions, however it is sad when you know someone with so much potential that chooses to go down this path.. It's just a shame.
CJ June 12, 2012 at 09:08 PM
It does not matter what kind of family you come from. If you run with trash it eventually rubs off. I see young people out at all hours of the night in O'fallon and always wonder why the parents allow this. There is nothing to be had after midnight except trouble. Sometimes it is the wealthiest of families that have the biggest problems and I also feel that is why the police do so little, they don't want to step on the wrong toes. Parents don't cry when your child gets arrest or knocked up you asked for it when you let them run the streets all night and sleep all day.
PMS June 12, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Anony-I agree with you it is very unfortunate that he got involved, unfortunate for the victim also! I do understand from listening to his friends that he was a really good guy, but regardless of what type of family he comes from and how much money they have (had), that was a very violent crime that he was involved in. For his sake I pray that the victim recovers and that Avery turns to the Lord for forgiveness, guidance, and for the stregnth to deal with whatever punishment is coming his way.
PMS June 12, 2012 at 10:33 PM
CJ-I second that!! You said that so very well. The parents allow that because they are busy swinging around and partying themselves all night (just alcohol I'm sure)! They don't want their children at home bothering them. Believe me I know, my daughter thought that she could get away with that because her friends could. Fortunatly, for her, she figured out that she didn't know everything and that Mom isn't as dumb as she thought I was. Just in time because unfortunatly, these are some of the misfits that she was running with. Hopefully these parents who allow this will heed this warning and take the time to find out what these children are doing and who they are really hanging out with. I don't have a big house and I live in a neighborhood with homes on less than 3 acres but I do have good family values that I enforce to my children and I hope that this incident is an eyeopener to every parent on the north side of town and that they take this advantage to slow down, open their eye, and spend more time with their children.
CJ June 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I personally think that the prosecuting attorney should give them two choices. Either four years in prison or four years in the army. One way are the other they will learn respect. That is if the guy they stabbed does not die then unfortunately prison is the only option.
Anonymous June 13, 2012 at 12:18 AM
No one said anything about his parents having money! I just think it's unfortunate that he chose this path when I know his parents taught him better. Like I said before he should be punished for his actions. And no one should be making assumptions about his family life unless they know them personally. I pray that the guy recovers from his injuries & everyone learns from this incident.
R C June 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Avery did try to go into the ARMY, they wouldn't let him in (for no reason of his own). Avery does not come from a wealthy family as some speculated. (BTW money does not make people good or bad) He does however come from a good family who cares about him. Infact noone mentioned that he turned himself in to authorities on his own. This is a sad situation for all involved period. We also question what was a 54 year old man doing meeting these 2 young men? Was Drugs or Sex involved? Do we really know what happened? No we only know what was reported to the media... Yes prison time is a drain on the economy vs. death but, wouldn't you want a second chance if you made a mistake like this? It's easy to make these comments depending on what your perspective is...
soulsurfer June 13, 2012 at 02:07 AM
My heart is broke for Avery's momma and Peytons aunt. They both made a very bad decision, and I don't believe they would have made this choice with a clear mind. Drugs are rampant in O'Fallon, I know the two kids personally and would say that this was a situation that is way out of character for both of them. I hope justice is served none the less as I believe a slap on the wrist would only encourage other kids.
Resident June 13, 2012 at 02:45 AM
You can see who has cast the first stone! Even if kids are running the streets, do you really think us as parents just ALLOW this. No! My children have made some terrible choices. Thank God nothing like this. But what makes me any better as a parent because they haven't? I do know just when you think your children wouldn't possibly do some terrible thing, they are there to prove you wrong. I always watch who I judge because I love my children enough that I don't want it to come back and bite me in the but. Drugs are like Satan, they kill, steal and destroy! That's their only job. How many of us have had a life changing experience in less than a minute, good or bad? Be careful how you judge, because that's how you'll be judged.
CJ June 13, 2012 at 03:36 AM
As a parent it is your job to know where your children are especially in the middle of the night. If you can do not have any control over them then yes someone or something is going tot step in an TAKE control. What do you do when you wake up in the middle of the night and your child is not home where they should be? Do you know where they are? They are getting wasted with who knows who. They are out vandalizing people's mail boxes. They are shooting out windows. They are going all the way with no thought to what if. But let me guess it is ok as long as it is not happening at your house and they are not messing up your stuff or stealing your booze. You know what they are telling their friends, it's OK mom and dad don't care. I am not talking about the 18, 19 and 20 year old's either by that time if you have not got them on the right track it is to late. I am talking 13 thru 17 they are the ones that are still your responsibility. It is your coin to toss do nothing or be a parent.
Resident June 13, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Do you know what your kids are doing during the day? I've raised my kids in church & do not have booze in my home. Why does everyone want to blame parents? It's completely unfair to most. My kids are not out, they have curfews. Why do I feel the need to defend parents who are at witts end, who have tried everything. Who are probably blaming themselves anyway. Because the high and mighty like to act like they have it all perfect. You better keep your eyes wide open because life is going to sneak up on you. Do we just throw our kids out when they aren't perfect like us? I chose to have my children therefore I chose to love them. If they don't like my rules, sure they can move out. But if a mistake is made its not because I haven't tried nor will I ever quit trying. I think it's completely rude and snobbish to even consider blaming the parents here. I don't even know them or their kids. I was once like you, yeah my kids has great grades, star baseball player, really going somewhere. I learn some of the greatest kids make wrong choice. Take yourself & your children off the pedestal you've put yourself on. You will be doing them a favor! I'm praying for the victim & his family, also for the boys who did this & their families. They need punished, but how dare you assume that so do the parents! Had any of you who are blaming parents ever loved a prodigal, you wouldn't dare be saying anything.
Resident June 13, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Yes it is everywhere, and it's frightening. I had a heroin user tell me not to give up on my children. Who by the way were not using heroin, it was just rebelliousness over stupid stuff but they said the streets will more than welcome your son in. Keep even what little control you think you may have. Just because we don't throw our children to the wolves does not mean we are not trying with blood, sweat & tears. Most will make it out but sadly some will not. By the way my mother recently died a heroin user. And I hated it, yet I still have compassion for these lost kids & hurting parents.
SA June 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM
The drugs are frightening, BUT these young men had a choice. They both know right from wrong. I know Avery quite well and he does know right from wrong. I don't think that anyone has their eyes closed about drugs and I for one am not going to blame drugs as IF they were on drugs they had a choice to take them or not take them. If we let them use these kind of excuses they will never have to be responsible for their actions.
SA June 13, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I agree with you, PMS!
SA June 13, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I'm sorry andrew but I don't think that peer pressure is an excuse for this behavior.
PMS June 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I have re-read this comment section and nobody blamed the parents of the boys who commited the violent crime that started this soapbox. I believe the point they were trying to make is that this should be a wake up call to ALL parents. Just a reminder to keep your eyes open, know who they are with, and what they are doing and where they are doing it. If you feel that this is making you look "To Strict" then you have issues yourself that you need to address!
Emma Wessel June 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I knew Avery as a good young man who has worked cutting grass in our neighborhood for several years. Several weeks ago he worked for a neighbor cutting down a tree for him but disposed of it in my yard. I called Avery with no response. I notified the police who asked me what I wanted done. I told them just to call Avery and alert him to the fact he was trespassing and littering and to know what was the right thing to do going forward. Even when you start doing small things that are not right then it leads to the bigger things. What a shame!!
CJ June 14, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I agree Emma, Children need to be taught respect at a young age and those lessons need to continue thru the teenage years. So often the children in my neighborhood treat all of the yards as common ground and that is not right! I have no problem with someone chasing a puppy that gets away but I don't appreciate it when I come home to a soccer game in my front yard. Yes I consider trashing a flower bed or tearing up a fence to be vandalism and I consider using my driveway as a goal trespassing. Some people choose to not have children and some are done raising children and don't want any part of "it takes a village" to raise a child crap. These are the kids that later grow up to stab a stranger for a couple of bucks because they have no respect for anyone. That said though this man does not sound to be an innocent victim. Whether it was sex or drugs something was discussed that should have been left alone by all parties because now three families are paying the price.
Neighbor June 15, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Avery has always seemed to be a good hard working kid and with no doubt has made some very bad decisions. They both need to be punished, God willing the man survives and everyone learns a lesson from this. It is hard for any of us fo foresee things that we can't even imagine. We all need to pray that we as families can win out over this crumbling society that they live in.
PMS June 15, 2012 at 08:04 PM
The victim passed. God bless everyone involved!
neighbor June 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Does anyone know if the victim had a family?

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