Jerben Hernandez-Rodriguez, 31, of Round Lake Beach.

Prosecutors say a Round Lake Beach man stabbed his friend multiple times during an altercation that escalated in Round Lake Beach last week.

Jerben Hernandez-Rodriguez, 31, of Round Lake Beach, was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a Class 3 felony.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelse Banks said the victim, who is a friend of Hernandez-Rodriguez, went to Hernandez-Rodriguez’s house in Round Lake Beach.

The two reportedly got into a verbal argument and it escalated to a physical altercation.

Hernandez-Rodriguez grabbed a kitchen knife and began stabbing the victim, Banks said.

Officers observed visible wounds on the victim consistent with a knife attack.

The victim had cuts on his forearm, hand, head and ear, Banks said during a bond hearing.

Officers recovered a 6-7 inch kitchen steak knife that was believed to have been used in the incident.

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The incident happened on Thursday and officers with the Round Lake Beach Police Department took Hernandez-Rodriguez into custody.

Assistant Public Defender Emily Halter asked the court to impose a low cash bond because it is Hernandez-Rodriguez’s first criminal offense.

Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Hernandez-Rodriguez held on a $200,000 bond.

Potkonjak also ordered Hernandez-Rodriguez not to possess any dangerous weapons and not to have any contact with the victim or his residence.

Hernandez-Rodriguez remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $20,000 cash in order to be released.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 12.