Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
UPDATE: FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- Patrick and Carlotta Davis are described by those who know them as loving and kind-hearted parents. That's exactly why neighbors are now shocked to hear about their deaths, allegedly at the hands of their son.
"They were sweet," says family friend Tonjia Johnson. "They were really nice, just pop over and talk about the flowers, the roses..."
Tonjia Johnson and her family say they'll miss their neighbors.
"We were all sitting out after we had a barbecue," she recalls. "She came right over and introduced herself and sat down and talked to use for a while and we just really enjoyed her company."
Johnson's brother lives next door to Patrick and Carlotta Davis on Park Crest Drive in Freeport. The two families quickly became friends. Now they're learning that the couple was killed. Police suspect Patrick and Carlotta's son is behind it.
"This is unfortunately a domestic situation that could erupt anywhere at anytime," says Freeport Police Chief Todd Barkalow.
Right now investigators say 33-year-old Mitchell Davis stabbed his parents inside their home, then drove their car just north of Springfield to Logan County, Illinois. That's when Logan County deputies stopped the car around 12:30 Wednesday morning, contacting Freeport police. Officers went to check out the home where the couple lived. They say they knew something was wrong as soon as they walked up.
"When the officers started looking inside there they saw one of the victims laying on the floor in plain view," says Barkalow.
Chief Barkalow says there's a history of domestic violence against Patrick and Carlotta Davis, telling 23 News the two were so fearful of their son Mitchell, they filed an order of protection against him two years ago. That order of protection expired late 2016. The couple never renewed it.
The murders of Patrick and Carlotta Davis are Freeport's first since July 2015 according to Chief Barkalow.
Mitchell now faces two counts of first degree murder. He was arrested in Logan County, but is now currently at the Stephenson County Jail.
FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) - A man is arrested after two people are found stabbed to death in Freeport.
Freeport Police say at 12:30 Wednesday morning, they received a call from the Logan County Sheriff's Office asking if police could make contact with residents that live in the 100 block of Park Crest Drive. Logan County is located in central Illinois between Springfield and Bloomington.
The Logan County Sheriff's Office had 33-year-old Mitchell Davis' vehicle stopped and wanted Freeport Police to check with the registered owners of the vehicle to see if Davis had permission to have that vehicle.
Freeport Police officers went to the 100 block of Park Crest Drive and could see two people inside and unresponsive. Officers entered the home and found them deceased with stab wounds to their bodies.
The victims are identified as 66-year-old Patrick and 59-year-old Carlotta Davis. Mitchell is charged with two counts of first degree murder. His bond is set at $750,000.