Elgin Man Arrested in Woodstock for Post-Harvard Wedding Broken Beer Bottle Assault

A press release from the Woodstock Police Department:

Aggravated Battery Arrest

On Friday evening, July 7th, 2017 at 11:50 pm, patrol officers from the Woodstock Police Department responded to the Best Western Woodstock Inn, located at 990 Lake Ave. Woodstock, in reference to a fight involving numerous individuals.

Upon the arrival of patrol officers, they located a large crowd of people in the parking lot, who were in a heightened agitated state.

A 27-year-old victim, a Glendale Heights resident, was located with a laceration to his neck.

Members from the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District arrived on the scene to provide emergency medical care.

The victim was subsequently flown by helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville to be treated for his life threatening injury.

After an initial investigation, it was learned that a wedding took place in Harvard and numerous guests from that event were shuttled to the Best Western Woodstock Inn upon the conclusion of the reception in Harvard.

Prior to the conclusion of the wedding reception, a verbal argument took place which continued once the guests arrived at the hotel.

A physical confrontation also took place with multiple individuals involved.

Jeffrey Kerley

After interviewing numerous witnesses, it was learned that during the assault, [male white] 31-year-old Elgin resident Jeffrey D. Kerley, used a broken beer bottle and intentionally lunged at and struck the victim causing a deep laceration into the upper chest / lower neck area of the victim.

Kerley was placed under arrest and transported to the Woodstock Police Department.

After conferring with the McHenry County State Attorney’s Office, Kerley was charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, a Class 3 felony.

Kerley was transported to the McHenry County Adult Correctional Facility, where he was released from custody on Saturday, July 8th, 2017 after posting the required bond of $20,000, which was set by a McHenry County Judge.

As of Monday morning, the 27-year-old victim remains in the hospital.

The public is reminded that an arrest is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


Elgin Man Arrested in Woodstock for Post-Harvard Wedding Broken Beer Bottle Assault — 6 Comments

  1. Those pistol grip ears, should make him the Belle of the Ball, in any corrections venue.

  2. If only the paper could get their facts right.

    They are making this man out to be a monster but are leaving out the fact that he was being jumped by at least 3 individuals that were twice his size and was knocked unconcious.

    He too was hospitlized.

    Not to mentuon the fact that the men beating him up were under the influence of multiple narcotics.

    This guy is not even the guy that cut him yet the police are pinning it on him!

    The police really dropped the ball on this and took the word of a bunch of junkies rather than doing a proper investigation before charging this young man with something that will effect him and his family for the rest of their lives.

    Shame on the woodstock police department.

  3. The Paper doesn’t get a whole lot straight and they hold back from reporting certain news.

    That’s why we’ve seen a surge in citizen reporting.

    As far as Woodstock Police, I miss the old Police Chief.

    Bob was great.

  4. If the NWH got anything right ….. it would be by accident!

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