Anthony E. Osmena, 23, of Gages Lake.

Authorities say a 24-year-old man was left in critical condition after a suspect slashed his stomach open with a knife during an argument in Gages Lake Saturday morning.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 9:20 a.m. Saturday to a local hospital in the county to meet with medical staff regarding a man brought into the emergency room.

Sheriff’s deputies learned that the victim, a 24-year-old Round Lake Beach man, was in surgery and in critical condition, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.

A further investigation showed the victim was in a car with Anthony E. Osmena, 23, of Gages Lake.

The victim and Osmena started arguing with each other, Covelli said, adding it is unclear what the argument was about.

The driver of the car pulled over in the area of Eastwood Avenue and Chippewa Road in Gages Lake to drop Osmena off.

The victim and Osmena both exited the vehicle and continued arguing.

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Covelli said Osmena produced a knife and slashed the victim’s stomach open. The wound was so severe that part of the victim’s intestinal tract fell out.

The driver of the car immediately drove the victim to the hospital.

The victim remains hospitalized but his condition is improving, Covelli said.

After identifying Osmena as the suspect in the case, sheriff’s detectives arrested him at his home.

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated battery in a public way.

Osmena remains held in the Lake County Jail following a First Appearance Court Sunday morning.