Regional Police Report: Teen Assaulted Walking Home, Muslim Center Attacked and More
The following is a selection of police-related items reported in area Patches recently. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
A Park Ridge resident attacked and ripped the shorts off a 16-year-old girl on Aug. 15 around 5 p.m., Park Ridge police stated.
Anthony M. Nugent, 37, of Park Ridge, was charged with one count of aggravated battery, a class 3 felony. Nugent was also charged with misdemeanor possession of cannabis.
According to police, the victim was walking in the 900 block of Home Avenue. At that time, Nugent allegedly asked the girl what she was carrying. The victim responded that it was a musical instrument and continued walking, police said. Nugent then followed the victim and allegedly began acting aggressively when the victim refused to show him her instrument. Nugent then allegedly grabbed the victim and threw her to the ground.
A struggle ensued between the two and Nugent grabbed at the victim’s shorts and "ripped them," according to police. Nugent then began spanking the victim's buttocks numerous times, police said.
Though the physical damage is minimal after a Morton Grove man shot at the Muslim Education Center faciity (MEC) Aug. 10 with an air pellet rifle, the damage to the psyche of those who attend services there has been severe.
No one was injured during the incident, which occurred as 500 people were inside the mosque attending Ramadan services.
"In the minds of our people, they are very scared; now when they arrive here they are running into the building as fast as they can, in fear," said Amanadullah Ansari, head of MEC operations.
David Conrad, 51, was arrested Aug. 11 and charged with three counts of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, which are Class X Felonies, in addition to one count of Criminal Damage to Property, a Class 4 Felony.
A resident reported she awoke at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 13 and emerged into the hallway, where she saw a painting contractor working alone in another bedroom. The contractor was only wearing a tool belt, socks and shoes.
The resident did not make contact with the painter, but called her mother, who called 911. Officers asked the contractor to get dressed and the mother requested he leave the residence, which he did.
A 50-year-old Bartlett man has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence causing death in relation to the accident that killed 10-year-old Tony Borcia of Libertyville July 28, on Petite Lake, in Lake Villa.
The Illinois Conservation Police arrested David Hatyina of Bartlett Aug. 13, said Ari Fisz, chief of felony review for the Lake County State's Attorney's Office. Hatyina's bond was set at $1 million at a hearing the morning of Aug. 14.
Fisz said according to police and crime laboratory reports, Hatyina was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol while operating his 29-foot Baja Outlaw power boat at a high rate of speed. Fisz said witnesses reported that Hatyina ran over and killed Borcia, "who was floating in the water, wearing a bright red life preserver, and waving his arms in an effort to be seen."
A portable toilet was set on fire Aug. 7 at Birchwood Park, 435 W. Illinois Ave., sometime between 11 p.m. and 11:21 p.m. Police found the charred remains of a portable toilet. Police stated that there was "virtually nothing" left.
The two Crystal Lake teens accused of setting five barn fires in McHenry County have been linked to crimes within the city of Crystal Lake, according to Crystal Lake Police.
Joseph Gerdes, 17, 868 Coventry Ln., and Andrew Wiegand, 17, 1472 Bridgedale Rd., both of Crystal Lake, were each arrested and charged as adults Friday with arson, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass to property, according to a press release issued by McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren.
The pair, both students at Crystal Lake South High School, allegedly admitted to sheriff authorities their involvement with five rural barn fires that occured in Crystal Lake, Marengo, Lakewood and Woodstock since May 29. One fire on Lucas Road was within the Crystal Lake city limits.