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After home invasion arrest, Lake in the Hills woman seeks protective order

49-year-old  Louis A. Hernandez Jr. accused of kidnapping and home invasion in Lake in the Hills remained in jail Wednesday.
49-year-old Louis A. Hernandez Jr. accused of kidnapping and home invasion in Lake in the Hills remained in jail Wednesday.

WOODSTOCK – A Kane County man is accused of breaking into a woman’s Lake in the Hills home, jumping out of a closet when the homeowner and a friend returned and beating the two women while holding them hostage for several hours, according to court documents.

Louis A. Hernandez Jr., 49, of Sleepy Hollow has been charged with home invasion, residential burglary, aggravated domestic battery/strangulation, kidnapping and unlawful restraint. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

The woman who knew Hernandez filed an emergency order of protection against him, documenting what she believed happened days before his arrest. Her friend, who was present for the events, also filed an order of protection and detailed similar accounts.

Hernandez also is accused of choking the two women. While he was choking the woman he knew, he said, “this is it, this is the end,” according to court documents. He told her friend that he was sorry she was there, but it was only supposed to be the woman there.

“He said he had been planning this all day, and I was stupid not to see it coming,” the woman wrote in her request for an order of protection.

A warrant was issued for Hernandez’s arrest May 11 after officers went to the 900 block of Mesa Drive for a well-being check and discovered there had been a home invasion and kidnapping, police said. The original bond on the warrant was set at $500,000.

Lake in the Hills issued a news release Wednesday after an inquiry from the Northwest Herald.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Hernandez on Saturday, and he was taken to the McHenry County Jail.

Hernandez’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Rick Behof, asked Judge Sharon Prather on Wednesday to reduce his client’s bond because he had no prior felony charges, has ties to the community and employment opportunities if he was released on bond.

Prather reduced his bond to $300,000, but prosecutors asked her to reconsider that decision Thursday in light of the seriousness of the charges. The judge agreed to reinstate his original bond. Prather also made it a requirement that if he posts bond he be put on electronic monitoring.

On May 10, Hernandez repeatedly called the woman at her work, saying he needed to see her, the woman wrote in her request for an emergency order of protection.

The woman knew Hernandez but had not been involved in his life since November because of his “obsessive and controlling behavior,” she said in court documents.

The woman agreed to have one drink with him after work. She said that at first, he was “being cold and weird,” but he then said, “Can we make this work? I want this to work,” she said in court documents.

She left Hernandez and met a friend at a bar about 7:50 p.m.

During that time, the woman said she was surprised she hadn’t heard from Hernandez at all, hoping he might have finally accepted that they would no longer be in a relationship, she said in court documents.

Hernandez called her about 11 p.m. and asked her whether she was having fun at a bar she had not been to. He also said he could see her, even though she wasn’t at the bar he had mentioned.

About 11:45 p.m., the woman told her friend she wanted to stay at the friend’s house for the night, but said she wanted to pick up her cat first because she was worried about it.

The two went to the woman’s home about midnight and noticed the garage door was locked, which was unusual. When they went into the master bedroom, where the litter box was located, Hernandez popped out of the closet and said, “Looks like you both are going to die tonight,” she said in court documents.

The woman said he punched them both in the face and head repeatedly, and they “both went down pretty quick.”

The woman said that at one point she lost consciousness.

She said Hernandez hit them in the beginning to subdue them and spent the rest of the night choking them, according to court documents.

“I asked if I could lay in my bed, because I was in so much pain. He gave me my phone, but I was too afraid to call the police while he was still in the house,” the woman wrote in court documents.

The woman eventually fell asleep but was awakened by the garage door opening at 5:30 a.m. Hernandez said he let her friend go, and they needed to hurry up and go to Hernandez’s house.

The woman told him she did not want to, but he said “he was going to be nice now,” the woman said in court documents.

The two left in the woman’s car and drove a different route to his house because he didn’t want her friend to see where they were going in case they passed her on the road, according to court documents.

When they arrived at Hernandez’s home, the woman laid on the couch with ice that Hernandez gave her. She asked him several times whether she could leave or go to the hospital because she thought her cheekbone was going into her eye.

“He finally gave me my keys and let me go,” she wrote in court documents.

She was eventually taken to the hospital by an ambulance, where she stayed until she was released over the weekend.

She said Hernandez was hiding for two days before police arrested him. While the woman was in the hospital, she claimed that Hernandez sent her “threatening text messages and voicemails,” begging to speak with her. She said he texted her 21 times and called on at least 50 occasions.

A final text message said, “I’ll see you when you get out,” she said in court documents.

The woman said Hernandez’s behavior had “severely escalated” since the end of April. She said she often did not stay at her home in fear that he would show up.

Hernandez will next appear in court June 6. He has not yet entered a plea on any of the charges against him.

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