Crime & Courts

Woodstock police: 29-year-old man choked woman in ditch on Route 14

Woman asked the man to get out of her car and walk to his destination, records show

Pierre L. Abraham, 29
Pierre L. Abraham, 29

WOODSTOCK – A 29-year-old homeless man remained at the McHenry County Jail on Tuesday after police said he dragged a woman out of her car, pushed her into a ditch and choked her until she lost consciousness.

The woman was driving Pierre L. Abraham to a hotel Friday morning, according to an order of protection.

When the pair began to argue, the woman pulled over to the side of
Route 14 east of Route 120 and told Abraham to walk the rest of the way, she wrote in the order.

Abraham is accused of pulling the woman out of the car and pushing her into a ditch, where he reportedly choked her until she lost consciousness for an undetermined amount of time, according to a four-count criminal complaint filed by Woodstock police.

When she awoke, the woman flagged down a passing driver, who called 911, according to the order of protection.

McHenry County Assistant Public Defender Kim Messer said she recommended that Abraham’s case be moved to mental health court.

He is charged with domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery.

The most serious charge, aggravated domestic battery, typically is punishable by three to seven years in prison.

Abraham’s bond is set at $50,000, meaning he must post $5,000 bail to be released.

Before Friday, Abraham never had been charged with a violent crime in McHenry County, court records show.

Representatives from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Abraham is due in court April 2.

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