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Crystal Lake stabbing suspect arrested again on warrant after tampering with GPS ankle monitor

David Lepey, 24, of Crystal Lake.

A 24-year-old man who was out on bond for a 2019 stabbing in Crystal Lake was arrested on Friday after he tampered with his GPS ankle monitor and his location was unknown.

David E. Lepey, 24, of the 300 block of Elmwood Avenue in Crystal Lake, was charged in November 2019 with two counts of domestic battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery to a peace officer and disarming a peace officer.

The charges stem from an incident on November 12, 2019, when Lepey allegedly stabbed his brother in the chest.

Police officers responded to the 500 block of Devonshire Lane in Crystal Lake following a call of a man armed with a knife and acting abnormally, Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Thomas Kotlowski said at the time.

Officers found a 30-year-old man with a single stab wound to the chest. He was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Officers arrested Lepey at the scene and transported him to the McHenry County Jail where he was held on a $75,000 bond.

A judge lowered Lepey’s bond to $50,000 and he posted the 10% bail and was released from the jail on January 30, 2020.

In February 2020, the man was ordered to be placed on home electronic monitoring, according to a motion filed by McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Ann Scholl.

Lepey violated his home monitoring conditions that same month by leaving his house several times without authorization, Scholl said.

The Department of Court Services said that they were notified on Sunday of a strap and proximity tamper that occurred during the day.

On Monday, the Department of Court Services told prosecutors they were unable to make any contact with the man and were unsure of the status of his GPS bracelet.

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McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt granted Scholl’s motion to increase bond and issued an arrest warrant for Lepey on Wednesday carrying a $150,000 bond.

Lepey was arrested on Friday by Crystal Lake police officers, who allege in court documents that the man fled from them and resisted arrest.