Crime & Courts

Man pleads guilty to attempted murder in connection with Richmond attack

Miguel Hernandez-Solorzano
Miguel Hernandez-Solorzano

A 33-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday to attacking two people with a knife at a child’s birthday party last year.

Miguel Hernandez-Solorzano of Des Plaines pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery in connection with the October 2017 attack.

Hernandez-Solorzano faces penalties that range from six to 30 years in prison. McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather is expected to issue his sentence Nov. 30.

In October 2017, Hernandez-­Solorzano sent threatening text messages to one of the victims, with whom he had been in a relationship, according to a news release sent Friday from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Days later, while the victims were attending a child’s birthday party in the 5200 block of Route 173 in an unincorporated area near Richmond, Hernandez-Solorzano jumped out from behind a barn and attacked two people with a knife.

When first responders arrived, they found two people wounded inside the home.

The victims fought off Hernandez-Solorzano, and other family members restrained him until police arrived. One victim had filed an order of protection against him days before the stabbing, court documents show.

The first victim was taken to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, and the second was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with injuries also not considered life-threatening, police said.

Hernandez-Solorzano was treated for facial injuries at the scene and then arrested.

McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorneys Rita Gara and Randi Freese prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

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