Daniel Bockenhauer (Lake in the Hills Police Dept. mugshot)
Updated: October 22, 2012 6:20AM
HUNTLEY — A Huntley man has been charged with entering or trying to enter houses in Huntley and Lake in the Hills uninvited, in at least one case because he was attracted to a woman who was inside, police reported.
Huntley police said Thursday that Daniel W. Bockenhauer, 19, of the 11600 block of Lori Lane, has been charged with attempted residential burglary, criminal trespass to property and criminal damage to property. He was being held Thursday in the McHenry County jail.
Huntley investigators charge that on Sept. 8, Bockenhauer broke a basement window of a home in the 11500 block of Frederick Way in an attempt to get into the house. Deputy Police Chief Todd Fulton said the investigation revealed that Bockenhauer was trying to steal a computer in the basement. But Bockenhauer cut his foot on broken glass from the window and fled the area without going in, Fulton said.
In a separate case on Sept. 13, Huntley police allege that Bockenhauer entered a home in the 11600 block of Davey Drive. Fulton said Bockenhauer went to the residence at about 1:50 a.m. and, without permission, walked in through an unlocked door.
Fulton said the investigation indicated that Bockenhauer entered the Davey Drive residence to meet a woman who he knew lived in the home, for whom he had developed a physical attraction. But while walking through the residence, he was discovered by a different female resident of the house and ran away, Fulton said.
Fulton said a break in both unsolved cases developed Wednesday. Huntley police were notified by Lake in The Hills officers that they had a person in custody — Bockenhauer — who had been involved in an incident that had characteristics similar to the Davey Drive incident. Huntley officers interviewed Bockenhauer and, Fulton said, were able to obtain evidence linking Bockenhauer to both Huntley cases.
In the Lake in the Hills case, LITH Chief of Patrol Services David Brey said, officers had been called to the 4000 block of Heron Drive at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday on the report of a prowler. The officers reported that they found Bockenhauer hiding in bushes outside the house and holding a hammer.
Brey did not say why investigators believe Bockenhauer wanted to break into the Lake in the Hills house, or why they thought the case resembled the Huntley trespassing case. But Brey said that “the investigation indicated the subject had knowledge that residents of the home were present in the home during the incident.”
In the Lake in the Hills case, Bockenhauer was charged with attempted criminal trespass to a residence, criminal trespass to real property, and two counts of disorderly conduct.