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Monday, October 30, 2017
Bond Set at $1.5 Million for Melrose Park Man Accused of Road Rage Shooting
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael Ruth announced today that bond has been set for a Melrose Park man accused of opening fire on another automobile following a traffic altercation on Saturday, October 28. Angelo Navarro, 23 (d.o.b. 4/27/1994) of 3147 Alta Avenue, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Joseph Bugos set bond at $1.5 million with 10% to apply. Navarro has been charged with one count of Attempt Murder (Class X Felony), one count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm (Class X Felony) and one count of Misdemeanor Endangering the Life of a Child.
On October 28, 2017, at approximately 2 p.m., Elmhurst Police were dispatched to a call of a crash near York Road and Diversey Avenue. Upon their arrival, officers found only one vehicle with a shattered driver’s side window. Officers also found the driver of that vehicle outside of the car bleeding from his face. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he underwent surgery for his injuries. He had been shot in the left cheek with the bullet exiting through his right cheek. It is alleged that Navarro and his victim were both waiting at an intersection to turn left with Navarro in front of his victim. It is alleged that the victim went around Navarro at the intersection and proceeded to drive away. It is further alleged that Navarro then followed the victim and began tailgating him. It is further alleged that Navarro then pulled his vehicle into the oncoming traffic lane next to the driver’s side of his victim’s car and fired his gun at his victim’s car through the front passenger side of his vehicle.
“The outrageous conduct alleged against Mr. Navarro is extremely serious and will not be tolerated in DuPage County,” Berlin said. “In addition to allegedly shooting at another motorist, his alleged actions also endangered the life not only of the passengers in his vehicle but also the lives of the motoring public. Thankfully, the victim in this shooting is expected to recover from his injuries. I would like to remind the public once again that if you find yourself involved in a traffic altercation, stay calm and don’t let your emotions get the better of you and if necessary, call 9-1-1. I would like to thank the Elmhurst Police Department as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Erica Bertini for their fine work on this case.”
Navarro’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 13, 2017 in front of Judge George Bakalis.
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 their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.