CL: Man Charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder in Battery Incident

Steven K. Henshall, 44, of McHenry, is currently being held in the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock.


arrested a McHenry man after an alleged battery incident between him and a woman he had briefly dated.

Steven K. Henshall, 44, last known address of McHenry, was charged with the following offenses after Crystal Lake Police reviewed the facts of the case with the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office: 

  • Attempt first degree murder – Class 1 Felony.
  • Aggravated domestic battery – Class 2 Felony.
  • Aggravated battery – Class 3 Felony.
  • Resisting a peace officer – Class A Misdemeanor.
  • Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia – Class A Misdemeanor.
  • Unlawful possession of cannabis – Class B Misdemeanor

Crystal Lake Police Commander Derek Hyrkas stated in a press release that officers were called to the 800 block of Virginia Road in Crystal Lake at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, to a report of a battery in progress between a man and woman.

Upon arrival, officers learned a 43-year-old woman had reportedly been attacked by the suspect later identified as Henshall. Henshall attempted to flee from the arriving officers. Police ran after Henshall and caught him following a brief struggle.

The woman was treated at the scene by responding Crystal Lake paramedics for injuries to her neck and both arms. She declined further medical assistance.

Investigation into this matter revealed a brief dating relationship had existed between the couple prior to this incident, but had ended. It is believed that Henshall located the victim at this location, and confronted her.

During the physical altercation that ensued, Henshall allegedly attempted to strangle the victim, and said he would take her life. The victim was able to ward him off until a group of nearby citizens and police arrived.

The victim indicated she had received numerous threatening telephone calls and text messages from Henshall prior to this incident.

Henshall was also found to be wanted on a McHenry County warrant for failing to appear in court for a driving on a suspended license charge. 

Custody of Henshall was transferred to the McHenry County Jail, where he was awaiting bond. 

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