An off-duty Libertyville police officer was arrested after authorities say he prevented his wife from leaving their home and injured her during a struggle near Grayslake.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 4:15 p.m. Saturday to the 34300 block of North Tangueray Drive in unincorporated Grayslake for a domestic dispute.
Deputies met with the victim, a 34-year-old woman, who reported that she had been attempting to leave the residence with her young daughter.
David A. Kochenash, 35, was not allowing her to leave, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
A further investigation showed the woman had a cut on her hand.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Dino Katris said in court that Kochenash is married to the victim and is going through a divorce with her.
Kochenash had been drinking and an argument ensued, Katris said.
Covelli said that Kochenash initially blocked the woman’s path down a set of stairs while she was attempting to leave with her child.
The victim attempted to record Kochenash’s actions with her cellphone camera but Kochenash attempted to take the victim’s phone from her hand, Covelli said.
During the struggle over the phone, the victim sustained a cut to her finger.
The victim called 911 and sheriff’s deputies responded and arrested Kochenash for domestic battery.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery.
Kochenash was transported to the Lake County Jail and appeared in bond court on Sunday.
Lake County Judge Christopher Lombardo allowed Kochenash to be released from jail on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
Covelli confirmed that Kochenash is a Libertyville police officer and was off-duty at the time of the incident.
Libertyville police officials said in a statement that Kochenash has been placed on paid administrative leave and stripped of his police powers pending the result of his case.
Kochenash is scheduled to appear in court again on March 29.