A 19-year-old man, who is being held on charges in connection to a shooting, is now facing charges for stabbing a fellow inmate at the McHenry County Jail, court records show.
Juan C. Popoca, 19, of the 300 block of South Park in Harvard, was charged with aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and mob action, a Class 4 felony.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court alleges Popoca stabbed an inmate last Sunday while being held in the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock.
Popoca stabbed the victim with a pencil and also struck him several times with his fists, the complaint said.
A second suspect, Walter R. Moran, 28, of Cicero, also assisted Popoca in the attack by punching the victim and kneeing him, a separate complaint said.
The victim’s injuries were not believed to be serious.
Moran was also charged with aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and mob action, a Class 4 felony, in connection to the attack.
Jail records show Popoca has been held in the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock since November 30 after being charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony.
Popoca and a second suspect allegedly fired several shots into a house in the 700 block of West Metzen Street in Harvard on November 29.
Moran has been held in the McHenry County Jail since September 28 after being charged in connection with the shooting and beating of a gas station clerk during a robbery in Marengo.
Popoca remains held in the jail on a $105,000 bond while Moran remains held on a $250,000 bond.
Popoca is scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday for a status on trial date hearing.
Moran is scheduled to appear in court again on June 22 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.