Illinois man faces battery charges after attempted robbery on Marco Island

Devan Patel
Marco Eagle
Jacob Johannesen, 25, is facing multiple battery charges stemming from an incident on Father's Day in which he was accused of attempting to steal a Marco Island resident's kayak.

An Illinois man is facing multiple battery charges stemming from the attempted robbery of a kayak early Sunday morning on Marco Island.

Jacob Johannesen, 25, has been charged with battery of a person older than 65 years of age, battery, resisting an officer with violence, grand theft, criminal mischief and unarmed robbery.

Marco Island police responded to the Caxambas Towers on South Collier Boulevard just before 5 a.m. Sunday morning to find a 79-year-old man and his 52-year-old son had been struck by a weapon.

Both victims were transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

After setting up a perimeter with the assistance of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, a K-9 officer alerted law enforcement to Johannesen’s presence where they were able to take him into custody after a violent struggle.

Bond was set at $37,000 and as of Tuesday, Johannesen remained in Collier County Jail.

His next court date has been set for July 9. 

Johannesen, a native of Elmhurst, Illinois, has also had a number of run-ins with law enforcement over the last several years.

In May last year, Johannesen was booked on charges of home invasion causing injury, aggravated battery, resisting a police officer and aggravated DUI after he was accused of hitting a person in the face after entering the person’s home illegally in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

In that incident, Johannesen fled the scene before police apprehended him.

Additional Illinois court documents show Johannensen has been charged with and spent time in jail for possession of marijuana and multiple DUIs.

In Florida, Johannesen was also initially charged with misdemeanor trespassing on Jan. 27 in Pinellas County. 

In the arrest affidavit signed by the Clearwater Police Department, Johannesen was issued a trespass warning for disorderly conduct but refused to leave a property after being told to do so by the owner, security and law enforcement. 

Besides noting that Johannesen was “extremely uncooperative,” the officer responding to the trespassing incident indicated Johannesen may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time.

The State Attorney’s Office concluded its investigation on March 23 but found that the matter did not warrant prosecution at the time.