Crime & Courts

Bond set for McHenry man charged in weekend police standoff

Man ordered to surrender firearms

William B. Cheatham, 56, was arrested Saturday night at his home in the 1000 block of North Front Street, McHenry. He allegedly threatened a 17-year-old girl with a firearm and refused to cooperate with police.
William B. Cheatham, 56, was arrested Saturday night at his home in the 1000 block of North Front Street, McHenry. He allegedly threatened a 17-year-old girl with a firearm and refused to cooperate with police.

A judge set bond at $30,000 Monday for a man police said refused to leave his McHenry home after threatening to shoot someone Saturday night.

William B. Cheatham, 55, remained at the McHenry County Jail on Monday. He will need to post $3,000 bail to be released.

Cheatham was appointed a public defender to represent him only at Monday’s bond setting. It is unclear whether he has plans to hire a private attorney before his next court date Thursday.

Police arrested Cheatham on Saturday at his home in the 1000 block of North Front Street after responding to a report of a domestic disturbance.

Officers arrived at the home about 8:30 p.m. and later learned Cheatham had threatened to shoot someone with a gun, according to a news release from McHenry police.

McHenry County Judge Joel Berg also ordered that Cheatham have no contact with the reported victim and requested he surrender any firearms.

A previous felony conviction barred Cheatham from possessing any of the 15 guns and multiple rounds of ammunition seized from his home, the release stated.

Police were not available Monday to comment on whose name the weapons were bought under or elaborate on details of the case.

Several businesses were evacuated and a portion of Route 31 was closed to traffic for about four hours Saturday while police confronted Cheatham, who had retreated into his home and refused to come out, police said.

Cheatham’s girlfriend, Jami Stefko, said Cheatham threatened to put a gun to her 17-year-old daughter’s head after he came home and learned that the teen had invited guests to the house.

The woman and teenagers exited the home before police arrived, Stefko told the Northwest Herald on Sunday.

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