Crime & Courts

Crystal Lake man made menacing calls to alleged battery victim from jail phone, police say

32-year-old accused of threatening to harm woman

Tristan L. Taggart, 32, of the 800 block of Boxwood Drive, Crystal Lake
Tristan L. Taggart, 32, of the 800 block of Boxwood Drive, Crystal Lake

A judge Tuesday refused to reinstate phone privileges for a man accused of calling a woman from jail and threatening to kill her unless she hired him an attorney.

Tristan L. Taggart, 32, of the 800 block of Boxwood Drive, Crystal Lake, remained in segregation Tuesday afternoon at the McHenry County Jail, police confirmed.

He appeared in court earlier that day with McHenry County Assistant Public Defender Grant Tucker on new charges alleging that Taggart used the jail’s phone to make threatening calls to a woman he’s accused of harming in the case that landed him behind county bars in January.

Taggart is accused of threatening to kill the woman, and saying he’d have another person killed, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court. His phone privileges were revoked as a result.

The woman asked McHenry County Judge James Cowlin to reinstate limited phone access for Taggart so he could speak with his children, but Cowlin denied the request, Tucker said.

McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Scholl could not be reached for comment.

At the time Taggart is accused of making the calls, he had been in jail on domestic battery charges. A grand jury indictment alleges that on Jan. 8, Taggart hit the same woman he’s accused of calling.

Taggart is charged in two separate cases with domestic battery, criminal damage to property, intimidation, harassing a witness, communicating with a witness, obstructing justice and aggravated intimidation.

The most serious charge, aggravated intimidation, typically carries a four- to 15-year prison sentence.

According to the indictment, Taggart has at least three additional domestic battery convictions in Cook County dating as far back as 2010.

Taggart remains in jail in lieu of a $300,000 bond. He would need to pay $30,000 to be released. He’s due back in court May 10.

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