Connor C. Kirkpatrick, 28, of Crystal Lake, (pictured) was charged after he drove a car into a house in the 100 block of South Heather Drive in Crystal Lake on July 27, 2022, and was recently additionally charged in connection with an arson fire in Lakewood. | Left: Provided; Right: Alex Vucha / Lake and McHenry County Scanner

A judge has ruled a man will remain held without bond after he allegedly committed an arson fire in Lakewood while out on bond for crashing into a Crystal Lake house, critically injuring a resident.

A McHenry County sheriff’s deputy was flagged down by a subject around 5:45 a.m. on May 20 at Route 14 and Dole Avenue in Crystal Lake.

The subject, Connor C. Kirkpatrick, 28, of Lakewood, told the deputy that his residence in Lakewood was on fire.

Paramedics transported Kirkpatrick to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry for injuries, according to Lakewood Police Chief Mike Roth.

The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department was dispatched around 5:54 a.m. to the residence in the 9300 block of Firth Court in Lakewood.

Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Chief Paul DeRaedt said firefighters arrived in six minutes and reported the fire appeared to be out.

A search of the one-story, single-family home revealed no one was inside, DeRaedt said.

Crystal Lake firefighters respond to a house fire in the 9300 block of Firth Court in Lakewood on May 20, 2023. | Photo: Tyler Tobolt / Lake and McHenry County Scanner

Fire crews extinguished some smoldering contents but the fire did not require much water to extinguish.

The home sustained significant heat and smoke damage throughout, DeRaedt said, adding that the fire appeared to have mostly burned itself out.

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The residence was declared uninhabitable due to the damage. No firefighters were injured.

DeRaedt said damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $250,000.

Investigators from the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department, Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and Lakewood Police Department were called to the scene.

Kirkpatrick was the suspect in the fire and charged with aggravated arson, residential arson and criminal damage to property by fire causing over $100,000 in damage.

Crystal Lake firefighters respond to a house fire in the 9300 block of Firth Court in Lakewood on May 20, 2023. | Photo: Tyler Tobolt / Lake and McHenry County Scanner

A criminal complaint alleges Kirkpatrick poured approximately four gallons of gasoline throughout the inside of the residence around 3:43 a.m. that morning.

Kirkpatrick used a cigarette lighter that he had in his pocket to ignite the gasoline, the complaint said.

The complaint said Kirkpatrick had the intent to cause great bodily harm to himself and property damage to the home.

Court records show Kirkpatrick resides at the residence, which his father owns. The father was not home at the time.

An arrest warrant carrying a $500,000 bond was issued for Kirkpatrick, who remained hospitalized in the days after the fire, Roth said.

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Kirkpatrick was taken into the custody of the McHenry County Jail on May 31.

In October, Kirkpatrick was arrested after being charged with criminal damage to property over $100,000, aggravated reckless driving causing bodily harm and reckless conduct causing great bodily harm.

Angelo Pleotis, 64, (left) was trapped and seriously injured when a car drove into his house in the 100 block of South Heather Drive in Crystal Lake on July 27, 2022. | Photo: Alex Vucha / Lake and McHenry County Scanner

He was out on bond in that case after posting 10% of a $50,000 bond.

Those charges stem from a crash involving a car and a house in the 100 block of South Heather Drive in Crystal Lake around 7 p.m. on July 27, 2022.

Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Rick Neumann said at the time that an SUV was traveling eastbound on Ballard Road.

The SUV, for unknown reasons, continued through the intersection of Briarwood Road and left the roadway, Neumann said.

The vehicle, which was traveling at 96 mph according to prosecutors, struck a detached garage and residence.

Kirkpatrick, who was the driver of the vehicle, was trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters.

Neumann said Kirkpatrick was subsequently flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries.

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A serious crash involving a car that drove into a house in the 100 block of South Heather Drive in Crystal Lake left two people trapped and injured on July 27, 2022. | Photo: Alex Vucha / Lake and McHenry County Scanner

Angelo Pleotis, 64, who lives at the involved residence, was also trapped and had to be freed from the wreckage.

Pleotis was in the shower when the vehicle hit his house. He was also flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center.

Pleotis suffered collapsed lungs, broken ribs, head trauma, lacerations and two spinal fracture dislocations, which caused paralysis.

Prosecutors filed a motion in June to revoke Kirkpatrick’s bond, citing Illinois law that allows a defendant to be held without bond when they commit a forcible felony while out on bond in a pending felony case.

McHenry County Judge Tiffany Davis temporarily ordered Kirkpatrick held without bond until a hearing on the petition could be held.

Following several motions to delay the hearing, the bond hearing was held Wednesday, court records show.

Davis granted prosecutors’ petition, ordering Kirkpatrick to continue to be held without bond in the jail.

A status hearing is scheduled for August 23.¬†Kirkpatrick’s case for the Crystal Lake crash remains active and a trial date has not been set yet.