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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, January 28, 2019

Bond Set at $ 50,000 for Addison Woman Accused of Aggravated Assault to a Police Officer

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Addison Director of Police Bill Hayden announced today that bond has been set for an Addison woman charged with assaulting three Addison police officers while armed with two knives. April Hachmeister, 51 (d.o.b. 4/6/1967) of 235 N. Mill Road, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Liam Brennan set bond at $50,000 with 10% to apply. Hachmeister has been charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault to a Police Officer, a Class 4 Felony. Additionally, Hachmeister has been charged with misdemeanor counts of Domestic Battery and Criminal Damage to Property.


On January 17, 2019 at approximately 4:25 a.m., officers from the Addison Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call made from a male occupant at the Mill Street address in response to a domestic disturbance. It is alleged that prior to their arrival, Hachmeister grabbed the man’s face, gouged his eyes and threatened him at knifepoint. It is alleged that Hachmeister stabbed items inside the apartment including a coffee maker and television. Upon their arrival, officers were allegedly met by Hachmeister who was armed with two knives. It is alleged that officers ordered Hachmeister to drop the weapons and that Hachmeister ignored the officers’ commands. It is further alleged that Hachmeister approached the officers while holding the knives and that one of the officers discharged their weapon, striking Hachmeister. Hachmeister was immediately transported to a local hospital for treatment. She was released from the hospital January 26 and transported to the DuPage County Jail. The incident is currently being investigated by the Major Crimes Task Force.


“I would like to thank the Addison Police Department for their quick response to the domestic disturbance call,” Berlin said. “Thanks to their efforts, a possible tragedy may have been averted. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Helen Kapas for her work in securing charges against Ms. Hachmeister.” 


“I would like to commend the members of the Major Crimes Task Force for their work on this very unfortunate incident,” Hayden said. “These dedicated men and women represent the epitome of professionalism every day in very difficult circumstances and for that I thank them.”


Hachmeister’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 19, 2019 for arraignment. 


Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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