A Lake County sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized after a suspect attacked her unprovokedly by jumping on her and punching in the face while she was providing a family with resources near Lake Zurich.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 8:55 a.m. Sunday to the 23800 block of North High Ridge Drive in unincorporated Lake Zurich for a well-being check.
A caller reported the home had no working utilities and they were concerned for the occupants inside given the frigid temperatures, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
Sheriff’s deputies checked on the occupants, who were fine but upset with the presence of the sheriff’s office.
One of the deputies at the scene returned to her squad car before leaving to retrieve information on services and resources available for those struggling, Covelli said.
The deputy returned to the porch to leave the paperwork when a 30-year-old man exited the home and threw a piece of wood at the deputy.
The deputy was able to move to avoid being struck but fell backward into the snow.
The man immediately jumped onto the deputy and began punching her in the face, Covelli said.
The other sheriff’s deputies at the scene ran to assist. One of them attempted to utilize his taser but the device did not stop the man from his attack.
The backup deputies were able to tackle the man to the ground and take him into custody, Covelli said. The suspect then started spitting on the deputies.
The deputy who was attacked and the offender were both transported to an area hospital.
The deputy was treated and has since been released.
Covelli said the offender made statements of self-harm and hospital staff are transporting him to another hospital for further evaluation.
“Police work can often be extremely unpredictable. In this instance, one of our deputy’s was trying to provide resources to a family, and she was violently attacked,” Sheriff John D. Idleburg said.
“I am thankful our deputy will be okay and we will ensure the offender is held criminally accountable for his actions, upon his discharge from the hospital,” Idleburg said.
Sheriff’s deputies will review the circumstances with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office and seek an arrest warrant.