Crime & Courts

Man faces felony charges tied to Lake in the Hills SWAT team response

A 27-year-old man arrested in connection with a SWAT team response Friday in Lake in the Hills has been charged with threatening a public official.

Garrett C. Kowalczyk was taken to the McHenry County Jail on Monday on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the situation that began Friday afternoon, according to a news release from the Lake in the Hills Police Department.

In addition to threatening a public official, Kowalczyk is charged with aggravated assault, resisting a peace officer and criminal damage to property.

Threatening a public official and aggravated assault both are felonies. The remaining charges are misdemeanor offenses that typically result in less than a year in jail.

Police arrested Kowalczyk on Friday after a six-hour police standoff at the man’s home in the 100 block of Harvest Gate.

Officers received a call about 4 p.m. about an intoxicated man. When they arrived at the address, Kowalczyk allegedly threatened officers with a weapon but did not display one. He then retreated into the home, according to the release. Police would not say Monday what Kowalczyk allegedly threatened.

Lake in the Hills police officers and McHenry County SWAT team members surrounded the home for hours before arresting Kowalczyk about 10 p.m.

A police search of the home did not turn up any guns, the release stated. Officials confirmed that no one else had been inside the home during the standoff.

Authorities blocked off Polaris Drive between Harvest Gate and Randall Road while the situation unfolded.

The SWAT team left the scene about 10:20 p.m., and neighborhood residents were allowed to return to the area about 10:30 p.m., when a Nixle alert announced roads had reopened.

Court documents tied to Kowalczyk’s case were not filed in the McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s Office by Monday evening. It was unclear whether a judge already had set bond on the matter or when the case would be in court.

Further details about the charges against Kowalczyk, including whether he had hired an attorney, were not available Monday.

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