Man who stabbed woman caught by Sheriff’s canine

Grayslake man charged with domestic battery, escape and resisting peace officer

GRAYSLAKE – A man was apprehended Aug. 27 by sheriff’s K-9 Duke after he fled from deputies, authorities said.

On Aug. 21, Lake County sheriff’s deputies responded to an aggravated domestic battery that occurred in the 33600 block of North Evergreen Drive in an unincorporated area near Grayslake. Mark Mortensen, 42, allegedly battered a woman he was in a relationship with, authorities said in a news release. Police said that during the battery Mortensen used a weapon to stab the woman.

Mortensen fled and sheriff’s deputies were unable to locate him, police said.

On Aug. 27, sheriff’s deputies received information that Mortensen was at a hospital in Libertyville for an unrelated medical matter and was about to be released. When deputies tried to arrest Mortensen, he fled on foot, police said.

Deputies pursued Mortensen, and K-9 Duke was called in to assist. K-9 Duke bit and successfully apprehended Mortensen, police said. Mortensen was treated for the dog bite at an area hospital, police said.

Mortensen has been charged with three counts of aggravated domestic battery, escape and resisting a peace officer.

Mortensen was being held at the Lake County Jail pending an initial court hearing.