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Crime & Courts

Police: Cortland woman sliced husband's hand

Sara Ortega
Sara Ortega

SYCAMORE – A 40-year-old Cortland woman was charged with aggravated battery after allegedly threatening to kill her husband and slicing his hand Thursday, authorities said.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call unrelated to the dispute near 300 South Somonauk Road, authorities said. After arriving, they saw Sara Ortega on the ground outside her home, being restrained by her husband, court records show.

After speaking with the couple, police learned Ortega allegedly came home drunk and argued about her husband about his alleged infidelity, court records show.

Ortega’s husband said she grabbed a knife from the kitchen, raised it above her head and said “I’m going to kill you,” several times, court records show.

As she walked toward him, he lifted his right hand to block the knife. His hand was cut. Ortega lifted the knife again and struck him in the same hand, leaving a smaller laceration, court records show. Her husband then got the knife away from her and ran outside.

Ortega told police a .45-caliber Glock handgun they found in her bedroom belonged to her, court records show. The police checked her firearm owner’s identification registration and found her FOID card was revoked.

The couple was treated at and released from the Kishwaukee Community Hospital. Ortega was arrested at the hospital. She was charged with aggravated battery, unlawful possession of a firearm and domestic battery.

Her bond was set at $5,000, and she will appear in court May 30 for a bond reduction hearing.

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