A Chicago man due in court Friday is accused of breaking into a former girlfriend’s Algonquin home with a knife, choking her and threatening her life.
Eric Almazan, 26, entered a house in the 300 block of North Main Street on Dec. 12 through a broken glass window, according to records filed in the McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s Office. He had tried a similar break-in days earlier while free on bail in connection with a separate domestic battery charge involving the same woman, court records show.
Almazan is accused of entering the woman’s home, brandishing a knife at her and choking her until her passed out. At one point Almazan told the woman, “I want to kill you,” and when she regained consciousness, he choked her again, according to the criminal complaint.
Almazan is charged with home invasion, aggravated domestic battery, armed violence, interfering with the reporting of domestic violence, criminal damage to property, theft and violating bond. He remained at the McHenry County Jail on Thursday on a $520,000 bond, records show.
Officers with the Algonquin Police Department responded Dec. 12 to the Algonquin residence for a reported home invasion and domestic battery, according to a criminal complaint. When police arrived, Almazan, of the 2600 block of Spaulding Avenue, had fled with the woman’s phone, according to the complaint.
The woman was able to call 911 after borrowing a cellphone from a driver she flagged down outside her home, Algonquin Deputy Police Chief Ryan Markham said.
Almazan has a history of domestic battery allegations in McHenry County, records show.
He was accused in November of choking the woman and throwing her phone in the toilet after she dialed 911. As a result of those allegations, Almazan was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence. He also was barred from having any contact with the woman while the case is ongoing.
According to another criminal complaint, Almazan violated that bond Dec. 9 when he returned to the woman’s home and tried to break in.
Almazan was arrested on a warrant Dec. 20. He needs to post 10% of his bond, or $52,000 bail out. A bond hearing is set for Friday.