Prosecutors say a man pointed a gun at a woman and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire, during a burglary in Waukegan where he also attacked the victim, leaving her and a baby injured.
Jose L. Lopez-Ruiz, 28, of Park City, was charged with residential burglary, aggravated battery to a child, aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, four counts of domestic battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Caitlin Valiulis said during a bond hearing that officers were called on August 22 to the 1700 block of Golf Road in Waukegan.
Officers spoke to the victim, who reported she had gotten home and found Lopez-Ruiz had broken into her apartment and was sitting in her living room.
The victim retreated to her bedroom while holding her 1-year-old son.
Lopez-Ruiz kicked the woman in the back, causing her to stumble and the 1-year-old to hit his head on the wall, Valiulis said.
The woman tried closing the bedroom door to escape from the man but he broke into the room.
Lopez-Ruiz punched and kicked the woman on her body and head once inside the room, Valiulis said.
Valiulis said the man also pulled out a gun, “cocked it,” pointed it at the woman’s chest and pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire.
Lopez-Ruiz does not have a key to the residence and officers noticed damage to the home’s door.
The woman had several visible injuries and the child had a scratch and visible redness on his head, Valiulis said.
A warrant was issued for Lopez-Ruiz carrying a bond of $500,000 days after the incident.
Lopez-Ruiz was not taken into custody until earlier this month.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak increased the bond amount to $1 million.
Lopez-Ruiz, who would need to post $100,000 cash to be released, remains held in the Lake County Jail.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on February 10 for a preliminary hearing.