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Two men charged in connection with overdose death of McHenry man

Kenneth M. Harris, 25, of Woodridge, and Gabriel A. Stanaszek, 21, of Crystal Lake.

A Crystal Lake man and Woodridge man have been charged in connection with a fentanyl-laced heroin overdose of a 28-year-old McHenry man in 2018, police said.

Kenneth M. Harris, 25, of the 2200 block of 83rd Street in Woodridge, was charged with three counts of drug induced homicide, a Class X felony.

Gabriel A. Stanaszek, 21, of the 800 block of Buckingham Court in Crystal Lake, was charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony.

McHenry Police Chief John Birk said that Stanaszek and Harris were charged on June 4 and warrants were issued for both of the men in connection with the death of Charles D. McCoy, 28, of McHenry.

The McHenry Police Department and McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive man in the 3200 block of Kinley Blvd on September 5, 2018. First responders attempted life saving measures, including administration of Narcan, but McCoy was later pronounced dead at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital.

The McHenry County Fugitive Apprehension Team and the United States Marshals arrested Harris in Indianapolis, Indiana on Tuesday.

Harris is currently being held at the Hendricks County Jail awaiting extradition to the McHenry County Jail.

Stanaszek was arrested at his residence by the Crystal Lake Police Department on Tuesday. He was taken into custody without incident and released after posting bail.

Autopsy results confirmed that McCoy’s death was attributed to the adverse effect of heroin and fentanyl. The McHenry Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, the McHenry County Coroner’s Office and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office conducted an extensive investigation into the death, police said.

“Probable cause was established to show that Kenneth M. Harris unlawfully delivered to Gabriel A. Stanaszek whom provided the drugs to Charles that attributed to Charles’ death,” Birk said.

“The McHenry Police Department is actively involved in combating the opioid crisis that is affecting our County, State and Nation,” the department said in a statement.

“The McHenry Police wants everyone to know that all those who engage in the illegal delivery of controlled substances will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Anyone with information about illegal drug activity in the McHenry area is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2599.

Those wishing to pass along anonymous information are encouraged to call the McHenry Police Tip line at 815-363-2124. All calls made to the tip line are anonymous as Caller ID is not used.


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