WOODSTOCK – A 32-year-old man is facing attempted murder and burglary charges after he allegedly hid in a barn Saturday night in unincorporated McHenry County, then slashed his wife and another woman with a knife.
Miguel A. Hernandez-Solorzano, 32, of Des Plaines is being held at the McHenry County Jail on burglary and attempted murder charges, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office. His address also is listed as Niles and Park City on various court documents.
Hernandez-Solorzano’s initial charges were listed as first-degree murder and burglary charges but have since been amended.
The sheriff’s office would not comment Tuesday on why the charges changed or why the public was not notified of the alleged crime.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Richmond Township Fire Protection District responded just before 7 p.m. Saturday to a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 5200 block of Route 173 in an unincorporated area near Richmond, according to the release. When first responders arrived, they found two people wounded inside the home. One was identified in court documents as Hernandez-Solorzano’s wife, who had filed an order of protection against him days before the stabbing.
Hernandez-Solorzano was found outside the residence, where family members had detained him, police said.
A preliminary investigation shows that Hernandez-Solorzano had been hiding in a barn armed with a knife. When he saw one of the victims, he emerged from the barn and slashed the victim in the back. The second victim saw this occur and tried to stop Hernandez-Solorzano. He then attacked the second victim, and a fight broke out among them, police said.
The first victim was taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry with injuries not considered life-threatening, and the second was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with injuries also not considered life-threatening, police said.
Hernandez-Solorzano was treated for facial injuries at the scene and then arrested.
Hernandez-Solorzano’s wife had filed an order of protection against him Oct. 2. The order served to protect her and two children. The order was in response to threatening text messages Hernandez-Solorzano had sent her and previous abuse, court documents show.
Hernandez-Solorzano also was ordered to turn over any firearms in his possession, as he had threatened to use them against the victim in the past, according to court documents.
On Oct. 3, Hernandez-Solorzano was accused of violating the order of protection. He sent 21 text messages to the victim in the hours after she filed the document, saying she would “not live past the week.”
McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney John Gibbons said he could not disclose the other woman’s relationship with Hernandez-Solorzano or his wife. Court documents with the updated charges on Hernandez-Solorzano were not available Tuesday.
His bond was set at $5 million, and he is next due in court Wednesday. Hernandez-Solorzano could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
McHenry County Public Defender Richard Behof is representing Hernandez-Solorzano, and he declined to comment on the case on behalf of his client Tuesday afternoon.
People struggling with domestic violence can call a domestic violence counselor from Turning Point of McHenry County at 815-338-8081. Counselors work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are available for crisis assistance, safety planning, assistance with shelter and information on orders of protection, according to its website.
Turning Point also provides legal advocates to help fill out an order of protection at the McHenry County Courthouse, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock.