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Crime & Courts

Bond revoked for Harvard man accused of stabbing wife

WOODSTOCK – Bond was revoked Monday for a Harvard man accused of stabbing his estranged wife in the head and abandoning her in Wisconsin.

Jose Enriquez-Hernandez, 45, is charged with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, and two counts of aggravated domestic battery in the Sept. 30 incident.

He was arrested recently in Allentown, Pa., and is en route to the McHenry County Jail after waiving extradition, Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said.

Finding that Hernandez presents a “clear and present danger” to the victim, Judge Sharon Prather revoked his $250,000 bond.

According to court documents, Margarita Enriquez recently had separated from her husband and began dating another man. After a family party, she returned to her Harvard home and found Hernandez waiting outside.

The two argued and to placate Hernandez, Margarita Enriquez agreed to drive Hernandez to his house. When they arrived, he refused to get out of the car, prosecutors said.

“The defendant stated that he had been ‘spying’ on the victim ‘day and night’ and admitted to having recently slashed her tires,” Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said in court documents.

Hernandez allegedly pulled two knives from his pocket, one of which was a butcher knife, and told Enriquez that he was going to kill her and would rather see her dead than sleep with another man.

Enriquez fled the car, but Hernandez caught her. He is accused of straddling her and repeatedly stabbing her in the head, causing severe gashes.

Prosecutors said Hernandez then dragged Enriquez into his garage and choked her until she lost consciousness, then bound her with rope and put her in the back of her car.

Hernandez allegedly drove the car to his cousin’s home in Lake Geneva, Wis. and, after being turned away, abandoned her in the car as she bled and was unable to move.

Enriquez, barely conscious and breathing shallowly, was found by police about 12:30 a.m.

About five weeks before, on Aug. 24, Hernandez was arrested by deputies from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and charged with aggravated domestic battery in an incident with Enriquez.

While they were driving with their 6-year-old son in the car, an argument over Enriquez’s new boyfriend ensued and Hernandez wrapped Enriquez’s seat belt around her neck, prosecutors said.

Enriquez was able to pull the steering wheel to the right, forcing Hernandez, who was driving, to pull over, authorities said.

Hernandez allegedly continued to choke her until their son jumped out of the car. Enriquez escaped and was helped by a passerby as Hernandez fled, leaving Enriquez and their son.

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