Crystal Lake Resident Ordered Held without Bond After Hammer and Hatchet Attack of Wife

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Mark Alex, Attempted Murder suspect (SOURCE: McHenry County Jail)
Mark Alex, Attempted Murder suspect (SOURCE: McHenry County Jail).

A McHenry County judge has ordered Mark Alex, age 57 of Crystal Lake, to be held without bond in McHenry County Jail after he was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated domestic battery, and endangering the life of a child. Previously he had been held on $2 million bond in the McHenry County Jail.




Suspect Mark Alex was arrested in Algonquin Saturday evening, March 5, 2022 about 6:14 p.m., accused of striking his wife with a hammer and a hatchet, and then fleeing the crime scene located at an apartment building.

Police, firefighters and paramedics from Crystal Lake responded about 3:29 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2022 to a report of a stabbing at an apartment building in the block of 1300 Sky Ridge in Crystal Lake.




The suspect was described fleeing in a silver Toyota RAV4. Area police were alerted to be on the lookout for Mark Alex, and in less than three hours the male suspect was in custody, area police were notified that the Crystal Lake suspect was located and arrested in Algonquin, Illinois, and in custody.

When Mark Alex initially appeared in court on Monday, March 7, 2022 he was ordered held on $2 million bond with 10% required payment to be released from jail. Initially, Mark Alex had also been ordered to surrender his passport, and was also told he would not be allowed to leave the State of Illinois without permission if he were rleased on bond. He was also ordered to wear a monitoring device if he were released on bond.

However, on Monday, March 14, 2022, Mark Alex was ordered held without bond as the McHenry County judge stated he was a “clear and present danger” to his wife, who is also a resident of Crystal Lake.




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