A migrant was arrested after prosecutors say he strangled his girlfriend and threatened to kill her in Mundelein before she was able to run away and a neighbor called 911.
Angel A. Suarez, of Chicago, was charged with aggravated domestic battery and two counts of domestic battery.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Dino Katris said the Mundelein Police Department responded on October 14 to a 911 call for a woman in distress.
An anonymous caller reported a woman was banging on windows of an apartment complex crying for help.
Officers encountered the victim outside and found her visibly upset with injuries, Katris said.
She told police Suarez, who is her boyfriend, was drinking and started arguing with her at the apartment.
The woman said the argument escalated and she tried to get away from Suarez but he pushed her to the ground, Katris said.
Suarez put the woman in a chokehold and told her he was going to kill her while he strangled her, Katris said.
She was able to get away and yell for help outside of the apartment.
Katris said Suarez is a migrant who recently arrived in the United States and has no connection to the community or the country.
Prosecutors filed a petition to detain Suarez in the Lake County Jail pending trial.
A public defender for Suarez said the man was cooperative with police and denied his client attacked the woman.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak granted the petition ordering Suarez held in custody.
The judge found Suarez to be a safety risk to the victim and a willful flight risk.
Suarez is scheduled to appear in court again on November 16 for a preliminary hearing.