McHenry man accused of attacking, injuring relatives near Antioch

  • Russell D. Brengman

    Russell D. Brengman

Daily Herald report
Updated 7/10/2020 7:32 PM

A 52-year-old McHenry man armed with a rifle and a machete is charged with breaking into a house near Antioch and attacking and injuring two of his relatives, the Lake County sheriff's office said in a news release Friday.

Russell D. Brengman, of the 4900 block of Pioneer Road, faces felony charges of home invasion, aggravated domestic battery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm without a FOID card. He's being held in the Lake County jail pending an initial court hearing Saturday morning, according to the news release.


Sheriff's deputies were dispatched Friday at 10:30 a.m. to a house on the 25400 block of West Route 173 for an aggravated domestic battery in progress. Deputies spoke to the residents, a 20-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl who said Brengman forced his way into the house armed with a rifle and a machete.

The victims told police that Brengman is their relative but does not live at their residence.

They said Brengman pointed the rifle at them and accused the man of stealing a cellphone from him. According to the release, Brengman struck the man several times with the blunt end of the machete and several times with the rifle barrel. He also struck the girl with the rifle, according to the release.

The man was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The girl did not require hospitalization.

Police said Brengman had fled before they arrived. They found him at a construction site on the 26200 block of West Channel Avenue near Antioch. He was arrested without incident. The rifle and machete were located and collected as evidence, the release stated.

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