Radcliff police are investigating a potential link between a New Year’s Eve stabbing that left a man dead and an attack five days later of a Rineyville man who suffered multiple stab wounds during a car theft.

“We’re investigating that possibility,” Radcliff Police Chief Jeff Cross said. “Since there were two stabbings and they were within a few days of each other, we’re investigating to see if there is any kind of connection.”

De’Andre Jenkins, 23, of Radcliff was arrested Jan. 5 and charged with attempted murder after he reportedly approached a vehicle on Doris Way in Radcliff and began stabbing the driver in the neck, face and chest areas. The driver was stabbed approximately 20 times.

Jenkins drove off in the vehicle and the driver is recovering from the injuries.

Jenkins was found inside the stolen vehicle behind North Hardin High School about four hours after the reported 7:01 p.m. assault and was arrested.

Matthew Dziekan, 36, who had moved to Radcliff in August from Willimantic, Connecticut, died from a stabbing on New Year’s Eve. There has been no arrest in the case.

“We’re processing evidence that was recovered, but there’s nothing to report right now of what has turned up,” Cross said Wednesday. “Hopefully we know sooner rather than later.”

He said investigators are awaiting forensic evidence results from the crime scene. Cross said it could take anywhere from six to eight weeks to get a report back from the crime lab.

Dziekan was found bleeding to death on a sidewalk around 8 p.m. Dec. 31 in front of an apartment complex on Illinois Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner’s Office.

He had been banging on doors at the apart­ment complex and when someone answered, police say he stepped back and died on the sidewalk. He had wounds to his upper body, Cross said.

Dziekan’s mother, Dawn Dyson, has said her son had to have been driven from where they lived on Navaho Court in Radcliff to the 1500 block of Illinois Road where he was found.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to contact Radcliff police at 270-351-4477.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.

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