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Highland Park man facing attempted murder charges after allegedly stabbing wife in chest

Jose Gonzalez, 39, of the 1600 block of McGovern Avenue in Highland Park

A Highland Park man has been charged with numerous felonies including attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed his wife multiple times Friday evening.

The Highland Park Fire Department and Highland Park Police Department responded at 10:15 p.m. to a report of a stabbing in the 1600 block of McGovern Avenue in Highland Park.

According to police scanner radio, a juvenile called 911 and said the father stabbed the mother in the chest. Police responded and found multiple juvenile witnesses at the scene who provided a description of the suspect. Highland Park Police and other police departments began searching for him.

The suspect, Jose Gonzalez, 39, of the 1600 block of McGovern Avenue in Highland Park, was found by police on foot in the area and taken into custody at midnight.

“Investigators determined that the victim and offender knew each other and that the attack was not a random act,” police said.

Highland Park police officials said that the woman was transported to Evanston Hospital in critical condition with multiple stab wounds. She has since been treated and stabilized.

Police said that some of the juvenile witnesses attempted to stop Gonzalez from leaving the house resulting in minor injuries that did not require medical assistance. The juveniles were later turned over to local family members, authorities said.

The Lake County States Attorney’s Office approved felony charges against Gonzalez of attempted murder, aggravated battery, aggravated domestic battery and two counts of domestic battery. He is scheduled to appear in bond court on Saturday.


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