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DeKalb man charged after police say he strangled, punched woman in parking lot of Kishwaukee Hospital

DeKALB – A DeKalb man is facing charges after police say he strangled a woman inside a car in the parking lot of Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and punched her in the face.

Lonnie B. Wood, 39, of the 100 block of Warren Place in DeKalb, is charged with aggravated domestic battery (Class 2 felony), aggravated battery (Class X felony), and domestic battery (misdemeanor). If convicted of the most serious crime, aggravated battery, Wood could face up to 30 years in jail and fines up to $25,000.

According to DeKalb County court records, Wood was arrested by deputies from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, following an incident which occurred in the parking lot of Kishwaukee Hospital, 1 Kishwaukee Drive in DeKalb, around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 19.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a domestic battery around that time in the hospital parking lot, though when they arrived Wood was not there. In an interview with deputies, the victim said she and Wood had been waiting in a car in the hospital parking lot because her family member was being treated for a medical emergency.

While waiting, the woman was “upset and crying against the steering wheel,” according to police reports. Wood then told the woman to sit up which spurred an argument, the victim told sheriff’s deputies.

The woman told police that during the argument, Wood allegedly told her several times he was going to harm her if she didn’t stop arguing, then he allegedly grabbed her by the neck and shoved her against the driver’s side window.

The woman told police he held her against the window for about 10 seconds. During an interview later with Sheriff’s deputies, Wood told police allegedly he held her against the window for about 30 to 45 seconds.

The woman told police she couldn’t breathe and tried screaming for help, but had trouble because her airway was obstructed. She allegedly told police she tried honking the horn of the car several times to get help, and Wood punched her in the face with a closed fist numerous times and bit her.

During the witness interview, Sheriff’s deputies reported observing a bruise and abrasions on the woman’s neck and her right eye was filled with blood, reports state. The woman went to Kishwaukee Hospital’s ER for treatment for her injuries.

According to police reports, Wood returned to the parking lot and spoke with Sheriff’s deputies, allegedly confirmed the argument had occurred but said that the woman was the one who made first physical contact, alleging she “gouged his face.” Deputies report they saw minor scratches on Wood’s left side of his face. Wood told police he bit her nose to “get her to stop,” reports allege, and pushed her into the window “under her jaw” to get her away from him.

Deputies asked Wood why he did not exit the vehicle when the argument was occurring, and reports state he allegedly told police he “should have done that.”

Wood appeared before DeKalb County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Montgomery Thursday for a bond hearing, and was released on a $5,000 recognizance bond. DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney David Berault asked for no bond, according to court records.

Wood was ordered to have no contact with the woman, and is next set to appear for a status hearing on his charges June 17 at 10:15 a.m.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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