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Hebron man arrested again after threatening to punch his lawyer in DCFS worker threat case

Brandon J. Surma, 24, of Hebron.

A Hebron man, who was charged last summer with threatening to harm a DCFS worker, was arrested on Friday after threatening to punch his public defender.

Brandon J. Surma, 24, of the 11100 block of Vanderkarr Road in Hebron, was charged with threatening a public official, electronic harassment threatening a person and disorderly conduct.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into Surma and arrested the man on July 2.

According to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County, Surma threatened to physically harm an Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigator.

The complaint said that Surma also went to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services office in Elgin and attempted to track down the caseworker on July 1.

Surma was released from the McHenry County jail on July 4 on a personal recognizance bond.

A McHenry County judge granted Surma’s appointed public defender’s motion to withdraw from the case after Surma allegedly threatened him.

Surma’s public defender said that the man was “uncooperative, abusive and threatening,” according to a motion to withdraw document filed in court.

The attorney said that Surma — apparently upset over the quality of work he had done on the case — left a voicemail on his business phone saying he was fired.

“Don’t let me see you… You show up you will be punched […] in the face. If you do not show up nothing will happen. So do yourself a favor,” Surma said in the voicemail.

The judge revoked Surma’s bond and issued a warrant for his arrest. Surma will have 21 days to find a new lawyer, according to the court order.

He remains held in the McHenry County jail on a $15,000 bond.