The woman killed in Mount Pleasant Wednesday had apparently been hiding from her husband at a friend’s house for weeks before her death.
Mount Pleasant police Sgt. Eric Relich told reporters Thursday afternoon that the woman, 36, and her husband, 38, had only been married for a few months when she filed a restraining order against him and found refuge at a friend’s home in 600 block of Calvin Lane. Relich said the woman had been staying there for a few weeks before her estranged husband found her and attacked her with a small hatchet, killing her.
He did say that Illinois police confirmed that when the restraining order went into effect, weapons were removed from the man’s home, but it was unclear what kind of weapons or how many. There are no outstanding warrants on the suspect, Relich added.
The names of the victim and the suspect are not being released at this time, pending notification of family. Both are residents of Arlington Heights, IL.
Relich said the woman had taken her friend’s vehicle to go pick up the friend’s dog. When she arrived back at the house with the dog, she exited the driver’s side door and that is when the suspect grabbed her.
“The suspect was hiding out at the house and waited for her to come back,” he said. “It is unknown how the suspect discovered where the victim was staying.”
Neighbors – and possibly the woman’s friends inside the home – heard the victim screaming and called 911. Witnesses told police they saw a man dragging a woman across the grass, put her into a car and then drive away.
A second round of calls to 911 originated at the Super 8 Motel, 1150 Oakes Road, with reports of an injured woman. Relich said it is unclear who called police but investigators believe someone saw the man enter the hotel and may have seen the injured woman in the back seat of the car. The victim never exited the vehicle.
The man is believed to have been renting a room at the hotel.
Rescue crews from South Shore responded to the scene and determined the woman’s injuries were so severe she required Flight for Life. She was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital but died from her wounds a short time later.
The man remains in the Racine County Jail booked on charges of 1st degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and mayhem. Relich explained that mayhem can be charged when an attack causes deliberate disfigurement.
Racine County Eye is not naming the suspect until Mount Pleasant police or the District Attorney’s office formally release his name.