March 7, 2023

Attempted Murder Charges

In the early morning hours of Saturday, January 21, 2023, members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 5100 block of Timber Lane in unincorporated Woodstock for a report of shots fired.  

The on-scene investigation revealed an attempted car burglary occurred. The victim stated a male suspect entered his vehicle, which was parked in an open carport near his house. The suspect fired four rounds from a handgun in the direction of the victim as he approached. The suspect continued to shoot as he ran to a waiting car in the roadway and fled the area.

The McHenry County Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene and continued the investigation. Throughout the ongoing investigation, evidence was obtained which led to the suspect being identified as James D. Mercer.   


James D. Mercer

Rockford, IL

DOB: 11/21/04

800 8th Avenue                                      

Rockford, IL


Attempted Murder (Class X Felony)

4 counts of Aggravated Discharge of a firearm (Class 1 Felony)

5 counts of Reckless Discharge of a firearm (Class 4 Felony) Five counts 

Subject is in custody at the Winnebago County Jail on unrelated charges.

A warrant has been issued and his bond is set at $250,000 with 10% to apply. Court date is pending                                             

The charges against this individual are merely allegations against them.  All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.