Authorities say a police officer was injured trying to arrest a suspect after officers came upon a burglary in progress at a residence in Libertyville.
Kyle C. Kowal, 37, of the 600 block of West Street in Libertyville, was charged with residential burglary, two counts of burglary, aggravated battery to a peace officer, criminal trespass to residence and criminal damage to property.
The Libertyville Police Department responded around 2:45 a.m. on September 23 to the 200 block of West Cook Avenue in Libertyville for a burglar alarm.
Officers arrived to find an open pedestrian garage door. They later discovered footwear impressions in the grass leading westbound towards Lange Court.
Additional officers responded and a canvass of the area was conducted.
Officers located items later determined to be proceeds from burglaries in the backyard of a residence located in the 500 block of Lange Court, police said.
A canine unit was requested and an officer later observed a man, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans and backpack, inside an adjacent residence.
A perimeter was quickly established and officers made contact with the homeowner, who advised that only her two teenage daughters should be in the home.
The offender, later identified as Kowal, exited the residence through a rear door and fled on foot through the backyard despite being told to stop, police said.
Kowal was arrested after a brief struggle with officers. One officer suffered a minor injury as a result of the struggle.
Kowal required medical attention and was transported to the hospital.
A further investigation revealed he also burglarized a vehicle, police said.
The case was reviewed with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office for criminal charges and a warrant was issued for the man’s arrest on October 3.
Kowal turned himself in last weekend to the Lake County Jail on the warrant following his medical treatment.
He was released from the jail after posting 10% of a $160,000 bond, records show.