Oak Park man charged with hate crime after striking teen

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

A 48-year-old Oak Park man was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and a hate crime after he hit a 13-year-old boy.

The victim, a Cicero resident, was kicking a box down an alley in the 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue, the afternoon of Jan. 8. The box came close to a vehicle driven by the 48-year-old man, who told him to move the box and swore at him. When the victim asked why, the man allegedly called him a "dirty Mexican." The boy reportedly threw a bag of sunflower seeds at the man and began to run.

The man reportedly got out of the car, grabbed the boy's face with one hand and allegedly struck him in the face with the other hand. Detectives arrested the man on the morning of Jan. 10 and charged him with aggravated battery and a hate crime.

Criminal damage to property

The driver's side passenger window of a 2001 Isuzu Trooper was broken, overnight Jan. 6, while the car was parked in the 300 block of South Austin Boulevard. Estimated damage is $150.

The front window of a building in the 1000 block of North East Avenue was damaged, the afternoon of Jan. 7. Estimated loss is $200.

Someone used a brick to damage the windshield and hood of a 2004 Chevrolet Prism in the 500 block of North Humphrey Avenue, the evening of Jan. 11. Estimated loss is $450.

Theft

Someone cut two sections of the engine exhaust pipe and removed the catalytic converter from a 2003 Ford Explorer parked in the 700 block of South Maple Avenue, overnight Jan. 6. Estimated loss is $800.

An unknown person used a cutting device to remove the catalytic converter from a vehicle in the 500 block of South Maple Avenue between the afternoon and evening of Jan. 8. Loss is unknown.

Two men were observed using a cutting device to remove the catalytic converter from a 2008 Honda Element in the 600 block of South Maple Avenue, the night of Jan. 10. Estimated loss is $1,200.

A Samsung cellphone left unattended on a store counter in the 100 block of Harrison Street, the night of Jan. 8, was removed. Estimated loss is $200.

A cutting tool was used to attempt to remove the catalytic converter from a 2003 Honda station wagon parked in the 600 block of South Gunderson Avenue between the early morning and afternoon of Jan. 8. Estimated damage is $599.

A Macbook laptop computer and an Apple iPad were removed from a man's workplace in the 100 block of North Oak Park Avenue between the evening of Jan. 7 and early morning of Jan. 9. Estimated loss is $1,900.

Someone removed the center hubcaps from the passenger's side and driver's side wheels of a vehicle in the 100 block of Flournoy Street, overnight Jan. 9. Estimated loss is $138.

An Apple iPhone was removed from the common laundry area of a building in the 100 block of Harvard Street, the evening of Jan. 10. Estimated loss is $500.

An unattended iPhone was removed from the desk of an unlocked gym office, the afternoon of Jan. 11, at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue.

An Apple iPhone was removed from the hands of a Forest Park man, the evening of Jan. 11, in the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard. The offender fled. Estimated loss is $820.

An unknown person removed an Apple iPod from a book bag left unattended in the girls' locker room at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 200 block of North Scoville Avenue, the afternoon of Jan. 11. Estimated loss is $300.

An Apple iPod was removed from a bedroom inside a home in the 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue, overnight Jan. 11. Estimated loss is $250.

Burglary

Two unknown men were observed inside a residence in the 1000 block of Wisconsin Avenue, the evening of Jan.8. They were then seen running around the north side of the home and entering a blue Chevy Malibu parked on Harvard Street. The offenders broke a basement window to enter the home and removed an unknown amount of women's jewelry. Estimated loss is $200.

Someone used a pry-type tool to enter the side service door of a garage in the 700 block of South Harvey Avenue, Jan. 8. The offender entered a 2004 Toyota Sienna inside by breaking the window frame and the vehicle was ransacked. No items were removed. Estimated damage is $250.

Entry was gained to a locked van parked in the rear of a residence in the 400 block of South Harvey Avenue, overnight Jan. 2. Once inside, a drill, volt meter and miscellaneous hand tools in a canvas bag were removed. Estimated loss is $900.

A garage door opener was removed from an unlocked Honda Element in the 300 block of North Taylor Avenue, overnight Jan. 8 and an unknown person entered the garage. Once inside, the interior of a 2004 Acura was ransacked and a make-up bag and $25 were removed from inside the vehicle. Estimated loss is $105.

Entry was gained to a residence in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue between the early morning of Jan. 6 and evening of Jan. 9 through a closed and unlocked window. Once inside, an offender removed jewelry, a Coach briefcase and an Apple iPad. Estimated loss is $4,200.

Golf clubs, a golf bag and a men's bicycle were removed from an unlocked garage in the 1100 block of South Cuyler Avenue, the afternoon of Jan. 12. Estimated loss is $1,150.

Someone removed a backpack, wallet, iPod, keys and $150 in cash from a garage in the 1100 block of South Scoville Avenue between the afternoon and evening of Jan. 12. Estimated loss is $430.

An unknown person gained entry to a vehicle in the 400 block of Home Avenue, overnight Jan. 11, and removed a pair of prescription glasses and a valet key. Estimated loss is $300.

A Garmin GPS unit was removed from the center console of an unlocked Mazda in the 800 block of South Home Avenue, overnight Jan. 11. Estimated loss is $150.

A resident of the 500 block of Edgewood Place told police someone removed personal computers, iPads and an electronic reader from her home between the morning and afternoon of Jan. 7. Detectives are investigating.

Battery

An unknown man in the 100 block of North Ridgeland Avenue asked another man for change, the evening of Jan. 7. When the second man refused and turned his back to the offender, the man hit the victim in the back of the head with an unknown object that caused him to fall to the ground. The offender left in an unknown direction.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports filed Jan. 8-14 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.

Reader Comments

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YanB from Riverside  

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 8:49 AM

what is the big deal, white, black, hispanic....the point is that this 48 yr old jerk, struck a 13 yr. old boy across the face!!!

FYI  

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 11:09 PM

Alton Hayes III remains as of last week charged in an indictment (12CR0876001) with aggravated battery, attempt robbery and "hate crime."

Franklin from Oak Park  

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 9:29 PM

How about we pull up the record. Put it up on here so everyone can see. Hearsay is great in making an argument, but without proof thats all it is. "white boy" is a stretch in terms of a racial epithet.

Violet Aura  

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 7:18 PM

@OP Guy: That would be the next best option but I find it offensive that the cop who was murdered on Christmas a year ago @ Austin and Division convenience store for either a small sum of money or none at all is deemed less important a crime than one due to bigotry.

OP Guy  

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 12:56 AM

huh, Yes that was the case, but the charge wasn't "hate crime". Get your facts straight, "dudee head".

huh  

Posted: January 19th, 2013 11:29 PM

Hey OP Dudee Head: If you're talking about the case I remember the charge was hate crime. He said he did it because he was mad about Trayvon Martin. This was reported here..

Op guy  

Posted: January 18th, 2013 10:03 PM

VA, I suppose I agree with you in some way, but what gets me is the double standard that commonly happens in these situations. If you want to call it a hate crime, then at least be fair.

OP Guy  

Posted: January 18th, 2013 9:44 PM

Cairo, its not about "name calling", its about the motivation of the crime.

Violet Aura  

Posted: January 17th, 2013 5:04 PM

It's really crazy that we have things like 'hate crime' designations. Yes, there are people out there who are so driven by racial/ethnic/sexual orientation hatred that they might do something violent. However, elevating the charges versus an armed robbery which leads in murder is something with which I disagree.

Cario Lullo from South Oak Park  

Posted: January 17th, 2013 8:36 AM

What a second, name calling is a hate crime. Too bad the statues of limitations are up, but I remember my high school football coach calling me a "dumb guinea mamaluke" in 1978. Ciao

Dan Hefner from Oak Park  

Posted: January 17th, 2013 7:14 AM

My late Mother had a necklace ripped off her on the Lake Street El, 20 years ago. The lowlife thug called her every name in the book including honky and white b___h. Back in the day, there were no "hate crime" laws. I take comfort knowing this dirtball in most likely dead, (live by the sword die by the sword).

OP dude  

Posted: January 16th, 2013 10:37 PM

I should mention that "hate crime" was in Oak Park also.

OP dude  

Posted: January 16th, 2013 10:35 PM

I'm glad the 48 year old man was arrested, the guy is obviously a racist low life. Now, there was a case during the Travon Martin time where 2 African American males beat up a Caucasian male while referring to him as "white boy"... Why was this not considered a hate crime? Race was obviously the motivation... But I suppose it doesn't count if white people are violated due to their color?

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