67-Year Old Man Attacked New Year’s Day Evening in Marengo

A message from Marengo’s Cristin Ottolino for her Citizens Alert Social Media Network:

To All Concerned McHenry County Citizens,

This morning I received a request from a member of our Citizen’s Alert network for information regarding the battery of an elderly man in Marengo. I inquired with the chief of Marengo as to what it what information he might be able to share regarding this incident. Chief Hallman graciously wrote back to our network with the following:


Although not necessarily related to your particular neighborhood watch program, I am providing this information in an effort to provide some answers. I must remind everyone that this is an ongoing, active investigation and more information will be provided as it is developed.

Joseph M. Hallman, Chief of Police, Marengo
142 East Prairie Street, Marengo, IL 60152
Ofc: 815-568-7231 Fax: 815-568-5545


On January 1st, 2013 at approximately 7:00 p.m. the Marengo Police Department responded to a possible battery which had recently occurred.

The alleged incident was precipitated by loud music emanating from a parked vehicle in the 100 Block of North Ford Street in Marengo.

North Front Street in Marengo.

North Front Street in Marengo.

The victim (67 year old white male) went to have the music turned down when the alleged incident took place.

The victim returned to his residence whereby MPD was summoned as well as the Marengo Rescue / Fire Department.

The victim was assessed, treated and transported to Centgra Hospital in Woodstock for further treatment.

During the subsequent investigation into the original call for service, a person of interest was developed and interviewed related to the vehicle in question.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this matter is encouraged to contact the Marengo Police Department at 815-568-7231 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-762-7867.


67-Year Old Man Attacked New Year’s Day Evening in Marengo — 1 Comment

  1. I don’t consider “67” elderly. Shame on all of you! 85 and up is “elderly”. No wonder stereotypes persist about those of us who are seniors, still working, active, and so on.

    Probably “punks” sitting in the car and were annoyed that the man was upset about the intrusion of their car radio noise that morning . . . .

    Today “The Patch” has a brief mention of a library patron asking someone who was talking loudly on a cell phone in the library to be quiet and then being punched by the offender. We live in an increasingly narcissistic world!

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