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Man seriously injured after pulling knife, slicing neck in front of police officers in Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake Police Department
File Photo | Photo: Alex Vucha / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

A 21-year-old man has been charged after he seriously injured himself when he pulled out a knife on police officers and cut his own neck in Crystal Lake.

Samuel R. Larimore, 21, of the 1-99 block of Golfview Court in Carpentersville, was charged with aggravated assault to a police officer, a Class 4 felony, and aggravated assault on a public way, a Class A misdemeanor.

The Crystal Lake Police Department received a call around 10:41 a.m. October 1 for a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 700 block of Virginia Road.

Officers met with a man, identified as Larimore, who appeared to be unsettled and uneasy, according to Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski.

“While officers were speaking with the subject, he continued to display unusual behavior before pulling a fixed blade knife from his pocket,” Kotlowski said.

Officers were initially concerned Larimore intended to attack them with the knife and repeatedly ordered him to drop the weapon.

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Kotlowski said that the man did not comply with the demands. Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation; however, those efforts failed.

Larimore began cutting his neck with the knife. An officer deployed his taser on the man in an effort to stop Larimore from harming himself further.

The taser deployment was successful and Larimore was briefly incapacitated so that officers could take him into custody, Kotlowski said.

They began providing first aid to him and paramedics with the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department transported Larimore to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Huntley.

Larimore sustained serious self-inflicted injuries to his neck. The state’s attorney’s office later approved the charges against the man.

A booking photo was not immediately available as Larimore has not been booked into the McHenry County jail yet.


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