$500,000 bond for man charged with attacking girlfriend and punching police dog in Fox Lake

Amador A. Estrada, 43, of Round Lake Beach, (pictured) has been charged in a domestic battery incident that injured a woman in Fox Lake and also charged with beating Lake County Sheriff Canine Dax ( Photo). | Photos provided

A judge has ordered a man, who has a long criminal history, to hold $500,000 bond for allegedly punching Lake County Sheriff’s Canine Dax after the police dog found and bit him in Fox Lake.

Amador A. Estrada, 43, of Round Lake Beach, was charged with aggravated domestic assault, unlawful restraint, two counts of aggravated domestic assault, obstructing a report of domestic violence and striking a police animal.

Lake County Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Valiulis said Estrada and his girlfriend had been drinking and an argument began around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Estrada checked the woman’s phone and accused her of cheating.

The argument turned physical when Estrada allegedly punched the victim in the face.

He put the victim in the shower to clean himself up, then closed the bathroom door and told her she wasn’t coming out, Valiulis said.

The victim eventually opened the door and Estrada choked the woman, Valiulis said.

The woman said she was unable to breathe and felt like she was going to pass out.

Estrada allegedly refused to let the woman leave the apartment, took her phone away from her and threatened to kill her.

The woman escaped and ran to the apartment complex’s security guard shack and security called 911, Valiulis said.

Fox Lake police observed that the victim had multiple injuries and were told that Estrada had fled.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said Deputy John Forlenza and his canine partner Dax were called in to assist the Fox Lake Police Department with the incident, which happened in the 0-100 block of Bermuda Colony at Fox Lake.

Dax arrived and made an immediate lead. Shortly after, Dax found the man hiding under a blanket near an electrical box.

Estrada refused to surrender and Dax bit off the man’s arm, Covelli said.

The man allegedly hit Dax but was quickly taken into custody by officers. Dax was not injured.

After his arrest, Estrada admitted to hitting the victim, Valiulis said.

Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak detailed Estrada’s lengthy criminal history during a bond hearing on Friday.

The story included numerous cases of domestic battery, assault, breach of protective order, and other cases.

Potkonjak ordered the man being held in Lake County Jail to post $500,000 bail. He would need to deposit $50,000 in cash to be released.

A bond review hearing is scheduled for August 17.

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