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Bond set at $500,000 for Woodstock man charged in hammer attack on Crystal Lake trail

Angel R. Cardoza, 48, of Woodstock.

A Woodstock man has been ordered held in jail on a $500,000 bond after being charged with attempted murder in connection with the hammer attack of two women on a Crystal Lake trail.

Angel Reinaldo-Cardoza, 48, of Woodstock, was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m. Friday by the McHenry County Sheriff’s SWAT Team during a warrant execution at a Woodstock home.

Reinaldo-Cardoza is being charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of armed violence and four counts of aggravated battery. Additional charges are likely, police said.

The McHenry County Conservation District Police Department and Crystal Lake Fire Rescue responded around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to the Ridgefield Trace walking and bike trail near Crystal Ridge Drive and Oak Street in Crystal Lake.

Police said that Reinaldo-Cardoza, who was riding a bicycle, attacked a woman with a hammer and another woman, who tried to intervene, was also beaten by the man.

The two women were transported to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. They have since been released from the hospital.

“Due to the diligent work of Conservation District police officers, as well as assistance from other local law enforcement agencies, we were able to identify, locate, and apprehend the suspect,” McHenry County Conservation District Chief of Police Laura King said.

Police investigate after two women were attacked by a man on the Ridgefield Trace trail in Crystal Lake Tuesday evening | Photo by Alex Vucha.

“This was an isolated incident and something like this has never occurred before on the Conservation District’s trail system or within its conservation areas,” the McHenry County Conservation District said Wednesday afternoon.

Ridgefield Trace is a 7 ½ mile trail that extends from Woodstock to Crystal Lake.

Police have not released any possible motive for the attack. Court records show Reinaldo-Cardoza was appointed a public defender.

“This was an unnerving and unfortunate event to have had occurred in an otherwise serene and peaceful area. Our thoughts go out to the two women and their families,” King added.

“The McHenry County Conservation District Police Department is appreciative of the mutual support and assistance in the investigation from the Crystal Lake Police Department, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the Woodstock Police Department, the McHenry County College Police, and the State’s Attorney’s Office,” King said.

Reinaldo-Cardoza is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. He remains held in the McHenry County Jail as of Saturday evening.


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