Victim escaped, neighbor called 911, prevented tragedy
A migrant is facing charges of aggravated domestic battery and two counts of domestic battery after he allegedly choked and threatened to kill his girlfriend in Mundelein, prosecutors say.
Angel A. Suarez, of Chicago, was arrested on October 14 when the Mundelein Police Department responded to a 911 call for a woman in distress, according to Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Dino Katris. Katris said an anonymous caller reported a woman was banging on windows of an apartment complex crying for help.
Police found the victim outside with visible injuries and she told them Suarez, who is her boyfriend, was drinking and started arguing with her at the apartment. She said the argument escalated and she tried to get away from Suarez but he pushed her to the ground, Katris said.
She said Suarez put her in a chokehold and told her he was going to kill her while he strangled her, Katris said. She managed to get away and yell for help outside of the apartment.
Katris said Suarez is a migrant who recently arrived in the United States and has no connection to the community or the country. Prosecutors filed a petition to detain Suarez in the Lake County Jail pending trial. A public defender for Suarez said the man was cooperative with police and denied his client attacked the woman.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak granted the petition ordering Suarez held in custody. The judge found Suarez to be a safety risk to the victim and a willful flight risk. Suarez is scheduled to appear in court again on November 16 for a preliminary hearing.