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Marengo man arrested in Lake County after holding woman, child captive: Police

Gary Reiher
Gary Reiher

Round Lake Park police have arrested a Marengo man accused of forcing his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home and holding the woman and her 4-year-old child captive for hours.

Officers received a 911 call from a cellphone at 10:50 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Lake County-based Round Lake Park Police Department.

Authorities traced the call to the 300 block of Highmoor Drive, and were met by a woman in her 30s who said her ex-boyfriend, 33-year-old Gary Reiher, held her and her child captive for as many as six hours, according to the release.

Police learned that Reiher, of the 500 block of Eisenhower Street in Marengo, entered the home through a back window, and struck the woman repeatedly, Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko said.

While in the home, Reiher allegedly dragged the woman up and down the stairs, grabbed a knife from the kitchen sink and held it to her throat, and at one point threatened to kill her, Filenko said.

He also threw her cellphone into the toilet to prevent her from calling police, Filenko said. The woman, however, found an old phone that could still make emergency calls and dialed 911.

Paramedics treated the woman at the scene for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the news release. The child was not harmed, Filenko said.

Reiher had fled out a rear window before officers arrived, police said. Officers cordoned off the area and requested assistance from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 unit.

K-9 Duke and his handler, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Arrowood, located Reiher hiding under a deck about 25 yards from the woman’s home, according to the news release.

Reiher is charged with home invasion, domestic battery and violating an order of protection that the woman filed against him in Lake County last month. The most serious charge, home invasion, typically carries a four- to 15-year penalty.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected, Filenko said.

Reiher is currently on probation for a felony retail theft charge out of McHenry County, public records show.

A Lake County judge set Reiher’s bond at $300,000 Friday morning, and appointed a public defender to represent him.

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