Tuesday, September 15, 2015
State’s Attorney’s Office Files Amended Juvenile Petition Alleging Hate Crime in Darien
DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that after further investigation and the discovery of additional evidence, his office has filed an amended juvenile petition in a case involving a Willowbrook teen accused of striking a man in the face following a road rage incident last week. In addition to the Felony Aggravated Battery charges the juvenile is currently facing, one count of Hate Crime, a Class 4 Felony, has been added to the juvenile petition.
At approximately 5:15 p.m., September 8, 2015, Darien police responded to a battery call near Cass and 69th. Upon their arrival, police found Inderjit Mukker located in the front driver's seat of his vehicle suffering from apparent cuts and bruises on his cheeks. It is alleged that prior to the arrival of the police, Mukker and the defendant were involved in a "road rage" incident instigated by the defendant yelling racial slurs at Mukker. It is further alleged that following the altercation, Mukker and the defendant pulled their vehicles to the side of the road. It is further alleged that the defendant exited his vehicle and approached Mukker's vehicle. It is alleged that following an exchange of words between the two, the defendant punched Mukker in the face as he sat in his vehicle. It is further alleged that the defendant then fled the scene. An investigation into the matter led by the Darien Police Department led to the defendant. It is further alleged that when approached by police at his home, the defendant resisted arrest and punched a police officer in the face.
"Crimes based on hatred or prejudices have no place in our society," Berlin said. "Any physical attack motivated in whole or in part by an offender's pre-conceived bias against another individual based on race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation is a crime not only against the victim but against society as a whole. Anyone accused of such behavior will be vigorously prosecuted and held accountable for their actions."
A future court date has not yet been set for the defendant.
Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant's guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government's burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.