Crime & Courts

Wonder Lake man charged with first-degree murder in connection with home invasion, shooting

WOODSTOCK – Investigators said Thursday that more arrests are expected after a Wonder Lake man was charged with first-degree murder in connection with a May 27 home invasion that left a McHenry County man dead.

Jared J. Fox, 25, of the 7400 block of Cedar Drive, Wonder Lake, was arrested about 8 p.m. Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder, home invasion and residential burglary. He’s accused in the homicide of 52-year-old Donald Jouravleff.

On Thursday, Judge James Cowlin set Fox’s bond at $2.5 million. Fox is being represented by members of the Donahue & Walsh law firm, according to court records. Calls to the firm’s office were not returned Thursday.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that its investigation remains “extremely active,” and additional arrests are expected.

“This announcement is recognized by law enforcement as a first step in seeking justice for the family of Donald and supporting them through closure,” Sheriff Bill Prim said in a statement. “The tireless work of our investigators over the last 20 days is a testament to the dedication of McHenry County law enforcement.”

The McHenry County Major Investigation Assistance Team declined to answer questions about Fox’s arrest, including whether Fox was suspected of pulling the trigger, whether any weapons or cash were found when he was arrested, or whether he knew Jouravleff or his family. Team members declined further comment because their investigation is ongoing.

Fox, originally from Lakemoor, attended McHenry East High School, according to his Facebook page. He was charged in 2009 in McHenry County with residential burglary, a felony, and criminal trespass to a building, a misdemeanor.

In that case, he and three other teens were charged with burglary for breaking into a recreational vehicle parked outside a Lakemoor residence, stealing alcohol and ransacking the trailer, according to Northwest Herald reports from the time. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to complete one year of probation, 40 hours of community service, pay nearly $2,000 in fines and $525 in restitution. He also was required to complete alcohol treatment. His probation ended in June 2011.

After a 911 call about 1 a.m. May 27, McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies found Jouravleff had been shot and seriously wounded in the 1800 block of Davis Avenue in unincorporated McHenry.

Police said two masked men broke into the home, shot Jouravleff and stole cash before fleeing. Jouravleff later died from complications from a gunshot wound, the McHenry County Coroner’s Office has said.

Born in Berwyn, Jouravleff was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who loved family, church and fishing, according to an obituary from the Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home. He was involved with the Willow Crystal Lake Community Church.

“His energy and enthusiasm for life touched everyone who crossed paths with him,” his obituary said.

Friends and family told the Northwest Herald that Jouravleff was a hilarious and wonderful person who loved his family.

The task force still wants the public’s help to identify additional offenders involved in the crime, authorities said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or the offenders involved is asked to call the McHenry County Major Investigation Assistance Team Tip Line at 815-363-2201. Messages on this tip line are anonymous unless the caller wishes to leave his or her name.

Tipsters who want to leave a name for a tip or information that leads to the arrest of the offenders will be forwarded to the McHenry County Crime Stoppers for a reward of up to $5,000.

Fox is next due in court Wednesday before Judge Sharon Prather.

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