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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Director of Communications: 630-407-8160

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bond Set for Man Accused of Hammer Attack

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Glendale Heights Chief of Police Doug Flint announced today that bond has been set for a man accused of attacking another man with a hammer, striking him at least twice in the head. Javier Garcia, 20 (d.o.b. 12/13/1997) of 314 Wilson, West Chicago, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge George Bakalis set bond at $750,000 with 10% to apply. Garcia has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery With a Deadly Weapon, a Class 3 Felony.
     It is alleged that on May 22, 2018, at approximately 2:07 p.m., Garcia and three other individuals went to a home on Windsor Drive in Glendale Heights armed with a large hammer. It is alleged that once Garcia arrived at the home, where a friend of the victim lived, he exited his vehicle and approached the victim and another man who were outside the home. It is further alleged that when Garcia was approximately five to ten feet away from the men, he threw the hammer at the victim, striking him in the head and rendering him unconscious. It is alleged that Garcia then retrieved the hammer, and again struck the victim multiple times with the hammer, at least once more in the head and once in the chest. It is further alleged that following the attack, Garcia got back in the vehicle and drove away. The victim, who was airlifted to a hospital, suffered multiple fractures to his face and skull. He is presently in a comatose state. The Glendale Heights Police Department launched an investigation into the attack and a short time later, after hearing a radio broadcast of the vehicle description, the Bloomingdale Police stopped the car the defendant was riding in and brought all occupants to the Glendale Heights Police Department.
     "The allegations against Mr. Garcia are extremely serious and will not be tolerated,” Berlin said. “Hopefully the victim in this case will recover from the senseless and brutal attack allegedly inflicted upon him by Mr. Garcia. I would like to thank the Glendale Heights Police Department for their outstanding work in identifying Mr. Garcia as a suspect in this case as well as the Bloomingdale Police Department for their quick apprehension of Mr. Garcia. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Johnston for her efforts on this case.”
    “I would first like to thank all of the residents who assisted our officers in the investigation of this case,” Flint said. “It is because of them we were able to bring a swift and safe conclusion to our investigation resulting in the arrest of Mr. Garcia. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Dan Fawell for his time and effort assisting our detectives on this case. I would also like to thank the Bloomingdale Police Department for their assistance in stopping the vehicle and assisting us in the arrest of Javier Garcia.”
   Garcia’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 18, 2018, for arraignment 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.
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