Crime & Courts

Man accused of entering Oakwood Hills home, battering woman

David J. Derita, 36
David J. Derita, 36

A former Oakwood Hills man is accused of entering a woman’s home and battering her while two children were present.

McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies were asked about 9:20 a.m. Saturday to assist Oakwood Hills police with a domestic battery incident on Hillcrest Road, according to a news release. When officials arrived, they found the alleged victim and two small children inside the home.

David J. Derita, who knew the alleged victim, had come to the house for unknown reasons, Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers said.

Derita, 36, is accused of kicking in the front door of a home where he previously lived in the zero to 100 block of Hillcrest Road, according to a complaint filed in McHenry County court. Police believe Derita now is homeless.

Derita then forced his way into a room where the victim was hiding and trying to dial 911, according to the release. He allegedly proceeded to batter the woman while she was holding a small child before taking her phone and leaving, according to the release.

Officers arrested Derita in Elgin on a warrant for home invasion, criminal damage to property, domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

The most serious charge, home invasion, is a Class X felony typically punishable by six to
30 years in prison.

Derita remained at the McHenry County Jail on Thursday afternoon on a $150,000 bond. He is due in court Friday morning. A public defender has been appointed to represent him.

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