Milwaukee man arrested for attempted murder in N. Illinois

CREATED Apr 8, 2013

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LAKE COUNTY, Ill. - A man from Milwaukee has been arrested outside Chicago for attempted murder relating to an incident on Sunday, April 7.

According to Sergeant Sara Balmes with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call, just before 1 p.m. Sunday, from a driver on Route 173 who had seen a man with blood on him. The driver also saw a person "lying in the woods bleeding."

"The victim sustained a cut throat, bleeding on his brain, slashed eyelids, cut wrists, a dislocated shoulder, and a broken tibia and [fibula]," Balmes said.

The suspect, Michael Highsmith of Milwaukee, told Lake County Sheriff’s Office detectives that he and the victim knew each other for over four years, and he reportedly admitted to attacking the victim and stealing his jewelry.

Highsmith’s bond was set at $1,000,000.00.

Highsmith was charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Battery Great Bodily Harm, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, and Armed Robbery.