Two men charged in Woodstock mob action

Chicago, Rockford men accused of holding down, beating man in Woodstock on Friday, court records show

Police on Friday arrested two men accused of holding down and beating another man in Woodstock, court records show.

Jamaine P. Craft Jr., 37, of the 3100 block of West Warren Boulevard, Chicago, and Johnny J. Hendrix, 27, of the 200 block of West State Street, Rockford, remained at the McHenry County Jail Monday morning.

Officers with the Woodstock Police Department arrested Craft and Hendrix on Friday. Craft is accused of striking another man in the head and continuing to hit him as Hendrix pulled the man to the ground by his clothes and held him down, according to criminal complaints filed against both men.

Both men are charged with mob action and aggravated battery in a public place in connection with an altercation that took place Friday, court records show. Craft additionally is charged with resisting a police officer after he laid on the ground following his arrest and refused to have his booking photo or fingerprints taken, according to a criminal complaint.

The Woodstock Police Department responded to reports of a fight in progress about 7:30 p.m. Friday to the 200 block of North Benton Street where officers found a “large crowd” gathered on the sidewalk and roadway, the department said in a news release Monday afternoon.

Officers on scene “quickly identified” those involved, none of whom required medical treatment, according to the release. The investigation also included multiple verbal statements from independent witnesses as well as video surveillance footage that captured the incident.

Based on that investigation, officers determined Craft and Hendrix “collectively battered” a man after he had “verbally approached them for making inappropriate comments toward two juvenile females who were walking down the sidewalk,” according to the release.

The most serious charge against both men, aggravated battery in a public place, typically is punishable by as many as five years in prison. Hendrix and Craft both are scheduled to make court appearances Tuesday morning.

Craft, who faces additional charges tied to an unrelated 2020 burglary, would need to post $7,000 to be released from the McHenry County Jail. Hendrix’s bond is set at $15,000, meaning he would need to post $1,500 to secure his release.

Katie Smith

Katie has reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald since 2017. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.