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Woodstock man charged in alcohol-fueled stabbing

Christopher M. Hayes of Woodstock, charged with aggravated battery.
Christopher M. Hayes of Woodstock, charged with aggravated battery.

WOODSTOCK – A late night, alcohol-fueled argument at a Woodstock apartment complex led to a stabbing earlier this week, police say.

Christopher M. Hayes, 29, 421 Third St., Woodstock, has been charged with aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, in the incident.

Police were called to the emergency room of Centegra Hospital - Woodstock at 12:18 a.m. Monday after the victim – a 28-year-old male – walked in for treatment of his wounds, according to a news release from the Woodstock Police Department.

After an investigation, police determined the stabbing occurred at the Prairie View Apartment Community, 411 Leah Lane, Woodstock. The two knew each other, but police aren't aware of any bad blood between them before the evening began, Police Chief Robert Lowen said.

Both subjects had been drinking, he said.

"They were both indulging in alcohol and an argument ensued and they started wrestling around," Lowen said.

Hayes pulled a non-folding, 6-inch combat knife that he typically carries with him in a sheath, Lowen said.

The victim suffered two stab wounds to the back, Lowen said. He was released from the hospital early Monday morning.

Hayes was arrested Tuesday and taken to the McHenry County Jail, where he remains in custody as of Wednesday morning, the release said.

No charges are expected for the victim, Lowen said.

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