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Harvard man charged in altercation inside courthouse

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 4:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 11:43 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – A Harvard man was charged with aggravated battery after he started beating another man inside the McHenry County Courthouse on Tuesday, the McHenry Sheriff's Office said.

Daniel R. Stott, 20, of 10818 White Oaks Road, Harvard, and one of Stott's family members approached a man while he was waiting in the courthouse's third floor hallway for his daughter, who was inside Turning Point's office, sheriff officials said.

Stott and Stott's family member then began to argue with the father before Stott started hitting the man in the face as he sat in a chair, police said. Officers then arrived on the scene and separated the individuals.

In the days leading up to altercation, both the Stott family and the alleged victim's family had filed various charges against one another related to domestic issues, court records show.

Stott was charged with aggravated battery in the Tuesday courthouse incident. The charges are aggravated since the altercation happened in a public place, the sheriff's office news release states.

Stott's bond was set at $20,000. He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 15.

– Stephen Di Benedetto

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