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Police: Texas man breaks into Spring Grove home, attacks 2 people, dog

Mathew R. Escobedo, 26, of the 7400 block of Clear Point Avenue, San Antonio, Texas, has been charged with home invasion, criminal trespass to a residence, criminal damage to property, battery and cruelty to animals.
Mathew R. Escobedo, 26, of the 7400 block of Clear Point Avenue, San Antonio, Texas, has been charged with home invasion, criminal trespass to a residence, criminal damage to property, battery and cruelty to animals.

SPRING GROVE – A Texas man is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday after allegations that he broke into a Spring Grove home, attacked two people and abused their dog.

McHenry County Sheriff’s officers arrested 26-year-old Mathew R. Escobedo at 2:55 p.m. Saturday, according to a complaint filed in McHenry County court.

Escobedo, of the 7400 block of Clear Point Avenue, San Antonio, Texas, has been charged with home invasion, criminal trespass to a residence, criminal damage to property, battery and cruelty to animals. A home invasion conviction could land Escobedo six to 30 years in prison.

The situation began Saturday when Escobedo knocked on the door of a home in the 7500 block of Windsor Avenue, Spring Grove, McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers said in an email Tuesday.

When a woman answered the door, Escobedo pushed his way into the home and refused to leave, Rogers said.

The Texas man then picked up the homeowner’s dog, raised it above his head and dropped it onto the wooden floor, according to the complaint. The dog’s condition was not available Tuesday.

When a second man arrived at the house to help, Escobedo punched the woman in the face and attacked the man, according to the complaint.

The pair eventually locked Escobedo out of the home, but he entered again by smashing two basement windows, causing more than $500 of damage, police said.

Although it is unclear how the three knew each other, police believe they each attended the same party the night before, Rogers said.

McHenry County Judge Mary Nader appointed Escobedo a public defender Monday. His bond is set at $250,000, meaning he must post $25,000 to be released from the McHenry County Jail, where he remained Tuesday afternoon.

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