Suspect in Crystal Lake Bike Trail Hammer Attack Arrested at Home in Woodstock, Charged with Attempted Murder 2 Days After Attack

Crystal Lake hammer attack suspect with Green Bay packer hat
Crystal Lake hammer attack suspect with Green Bay packer hat.

A man has been charged in connection with a hammer attack on northwest suburban bike path (CBS Chicago).

McHenry County Conservation District police and members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s SWAT Team on Friday September 27, 2019 about 5:30 p.m. arrested 48-year-old Woodstock resident Angel Reinaldo-Cardoza and charged him with attempted murder. Police say he is the suspect of attacking two women with a hammer on the Ridgefield Trace Bike Trail just north of the intersection of Oak Street and Crystal Ridge Drive in Crystal Lake. He is accused of striking two women with a hammer while he was riding eastbound on his bicycle about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

“This was an unnerving and unfortunate event to have had occurred in an otherwise serene and peaceful area. Our thoughts go out to the two women and their families.”

— McHenry County Conservation District Chief of Police Laura King

A witness on Tuesday reported that a male offender on a bicycle attacked a woman with a hammer, and then attacked another woman, who tried to help the first victim.

Two days after the alleged crime, Reinaldo-Cardoza is in custody and charged with attempted murder, armed violence, and aggravated battery. Reinaldo-Cardoza was arrested during the execution of a warrant at his residence. Additional charges may be forthcoming, according to McHenry County Conservation District police.

Police were able to identify Reinaldo-Cardoza using witness descriptions, items left at the scene, and surveillance videos from nearby businesses. The suspect was described as possibly a male/Hispanic or male/Filipino, 5’7”, in his mid-50s, clean shaven and wearing a Green Bay Packers hat with a forest green sweatshirt and dirty jeans.

The two women were hospitalized at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening following the attack.

The local part of Ridgefield Trace Bike Trail near the crime scene is an off-road trail behind houses that heads east from Oak Street for about 700 feet until Midlane Drive, another 1800 feet to Larium Lane, and another 1500 feet to Walkup Road.

Crystal Lake hammer attack suspect with Green Bay Packers hat
Crystal Lake hammer attack suspect with Green Bay Packers hat.

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