Violent argument in McHenry leads to 2nd fight at hospital

Roscoe man charged with assault in connection with 2nd incident

McHENRY – A disagreement among acquaintances Tuesday night turned into two separate fights in McHenry that sent one Harvard and two McHenry residents to the hospital, police said.

McHenry police and the McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded to a call about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 3200 block of West Hunter Path in McHenry, police and fire officials said.

“We had two subjects from Harvard come to McHenry to discuss a personal issue with a McHenry resident,” Deputy Police Chief Thomas Walsh said. “The discussion turned into a disagreement, and then it ended up being five adults in a physical altercation.”

Three individuals involved in the fight are McHenry residents and two are from Harvard, Walsh said. The five are acquaintances.

Police know a baseball bat was involved in the fight but are not sure to what extent it was used.

“We have conflicting stories among all the parties,” Walsh said.

Walsh also said the investigation to determine all of the details surrounding the initial altercation is ongoing. He said the fight was neither drug- nor gang-related.

One Harvard resident and two McHenry residents were taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry with minor injuries, and a second fight took place there.

“At the hospital, friends and family of all parties arrived, and another disturbance occurred,” Walsh said.

Daniel R. Stott, 25, of the 5900 block of Chestnut Street, Roscoe, was arrested and charged with assault in connection with the second incident, Walsh said.

Stott was not involved in the original altercation on Hunter Path.

In an order of protection filed Wednesday in McHenry County court, a woman said that while she was in the hospital waiting room to visit her two family members, Stott punched her brother in the face.

Stott posted bond and was released, Walsh said. More charges for the five individuals involved in the initial fight are pending.

Stott declined to comment on the situation when reached by phone Wednesday afternoon. Residents at the home on Hunter Path also declined to comment on the incident.

Walsh said there did not appear to be any previous problems with the residence on Hunter Path, and no danger to the public exists.

“Basically, this was isolated between acquaintances,” Walsh said.

McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett also said there was no risk to the public Wednesday, but he declined to comment further.

A number of complaints dating back to 2013 have been filed against Stott in McHenry County, court records show.

He was sentenced in 2013 to
18 months of probation after repeatedly punching a man in the face at the McHenry County Courthouse, according to a criminal complaint filed with the circuit clerk’s office.

That same year, a woman filed an order of protection against Stott, saying he had twisted her arm, thrown her down stairs and knocked her unconscious.

The woman said she suffered a concussion and sprained elbow as a result, according to a petition filed Oct. 7, 2013. The order of protection was vacated Nov. 4, 2013.

Stott’s next court date is not yet scheduled.

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