A judge denied pre-trial release for a Honduran migrant after prosecutors alleged he punched his wife multiple times after repeatedly kicking a child in Waukegan.
Walter A. Sanchez-Baquedano, 24, a recent resident of Waukegan, was charged with four counts of domestic battery.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Manuel Mandujano said Sanchez-Baquedano and his wife are recent migrants from Honduras along with their two children.
The Waukegan Police Department responded on October 28 to the couple’s residence for a domestic battery incident.
The woman was frightened and crying and told officers that Sanchez-Baquedano accused her of cheating.
Sanchez-Baquedano grabbed a mug in the kitchen and threw it on the ground, Mandujano said.
A 5-year-old child was standing near Sanchez-Baquedano and told him not to hit the woman.
Mandujano said Sanchez-Baquedano kicked the child’s back multiple times and the woman ran towards the door.
Sanchez-Baquedano grabbed his wife and tried to stop her from leaving, Mandujano said.
He then punched her in the face multiple times and the woman was able to push him away and ran outside, Mandujano said.
Sanchez-Baquedano took the children and fled on foot but later returned. He admitted to officers that he pushed his wife.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a petition to detain Sanchez-Baquedano pending trial, calling him a real and present threat to the victims and also a willful flight risk with few ties to the area.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak granted the petition and remanded Sanchez-Baquedano to the Lake County Jail.
A bench trial is scheduled for December 18, court records show.