A Joliet woman was beaten into unconsciousness after a former boyfriend broke into her home Wednesday night and became enraged seeing her with a male friend, Joliet police say.
Christopher L. McDavid, 31, of Berwyn, is accused of letting himself into the woman's house in the 700 block of Theodore Street and then lying in wait for her to return home shortly after midnight Thursday, Cmdr. Al Roechner said.
When the woman entered the house, McDavid emerged from one of the bedrooms and demanded to know the identity of the man who had dropped her off, Roechner said. He began strangling the 31-year-old victim and punching her in the chest, and then demanded she call the man and tell him she could no longer see him, he said.
Instead of doing as McDavid instructed, however, she told the man she needed help and to call the police, Roechner said. At some point in the attack, McDavid slammed the woman's head against the wall, causing her to momentarily lose consciousness, he said.
The victim's 91-year-old grandmother, who was in the house at the time of the attack, opened the door to let police officers in, he said. The victim was taken to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center to be treated for her injuries.
McDavid was arrested and charged with home invasion, aggravated battery, residential burglary, aggravated unlawful restraint and criminal damage to property, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.
He is being held in the Will County jail in lieu of $350,000.