Man charged with attempted murder in River Forest

Jealous ex-boyfriend reportedly tried to run over couple


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River Forest Police charged a 21-year-old Chicago man with attempted murder, aggravated battery and domestic battery after he allegedly followed his ex-girlfriend from a movie theater in Melrose Park, struck the car she rode in with his vehicle, tried to run her over, and then exited his car and punched her repeatedly.

Around 12:30 a.m. on June 25, River Forest Police received emergency calls reporting an auto crash and fight in the 7700 block of North Avenue.

When police arrived, bystanders were restraining Will O. Thomas, 21, of the 1700 block of North Nagle Avenue, Chicago. Witnesses told police Thomas was driving one vehicle involved in the crash and had exited the vehicle.

According to police, witnesses stated Thomas began striking the female passenger in the other vehicle involved in the crash. Thomas allegedly began fighting with the officer who arrested him, until he was brought into custody.

Further investigation revealed Thomas had followed his ex-girlfriend and her male companion to a movie theater and then saw the two leave the theater together. He allegedly followed their vehicle eastbound on North Avenue and began yelling at the other driver.

He also repeatedly rammed his car into the vehicle, until the other vehicle lost control and left the roadway, according to police. When the man and woman exited the vehicle, Thomas allegedly tried to run them over, according to witnesses. Then Thomas allegedly struck their vehicle again, exited the car and allegedly struck the woman in the head and face.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved two charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery, reckless conduct, domestic battery, resisting a police officer and traffic offenses. Bond was set for Thomas at $300,000. He will have a July court date at the Maybrook Courthouse.

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Posted: July 3rd, 2013 9:10 AM

@James - Common wisdom says that the best response to a racist statement is silence. A reply tends to excite the paranoia that is the basis for the racist perception. But I will say that on the day this tragic and stupid attack occurred , well over 9,680,000 people in the greater Chicago areas commited no crimes at all. Well over 2,900,000 of those who committed no crimes at all were people who identify themselves as black.

Tina Turner  

Posted: July 2nd, 2013 10:06 PM

really Mellisa...

Mellisa Etheridge  

Posted: July 2nd, 2013 5:48 PM

Whats Love got to do with it......Its a 2nd hand emotion

Movie Buff from Oak Park  

Posted: July 1st, 2013 3:10 PM

Wow, I've been to that movie theater before! Small world!


Posted: July 1st, 2013 9:47 AM

Hey, where's Django to tell us it's all the white mans fault that this attempted murder happened? I'm sure he believes that someone was oppressed for this to happen. There is no such thing as free will and personal responsibility in Django's mind. I'm sure Django also believe's this criminal was an honor role student that had a bright college future... until the white man cut him down that is.

The Dude  

Posted: June 30th, 2013 3:44 PM

Glad this thug is in custody. One more down, so many more to go... it's like they just keep multiplying!

David from Morrison  

Posted: June 29th, 2013 8:22 AM

Well done River Forrest Police. Law enforcement rarely get the credit they deserve.

KR from River Forest  

Posted: June 28th, 2013 4:55 PM

Muriel: being a parolee or former felon has little to do with violent behavior directly, unless of course, the prior charge was for a violent crime. Heads up: there are a lot of crimes that are felonies that have nothing to do with violent behavior. And he is off the streets. He's being held by police. Can't arrest them prior to a crime. Concerned: get off your soapbox. Violet: Agreed. If I had to guess, he's got a history of violent behavior. This type of thing NEVER "just happens." Ever.

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 28th, 2013 4:15 PM

Gee, wonder why she broke up with him...

Concerned about Non-Gun Crime from Oak Park  

Posted: June 28th, 2013 4:13 PM

This story seems to support the theory that a big element in violent crime could be the impact of Hollywood. No guns needed.

muriel schnierow from Oak Park  

Posted: June 28th, 2013 4:05 PM

is he a parolee or a former felon? Can we get these violent people off the streets?

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