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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Downers Grove Man Pleads Guilty to Attacking Mother with Hatchet

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a Downers Grove man charged with attacking his eighty-year-old mother with a hatchet has entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Domestic Battery, a Class 2 Felony. John Flick, 58 (d.o.b. 11/29/1959) of 4212 Earlston Rd, appeared in Court this morning where he entered his plea in front of Judge Liam Brennan. On May 19, 2017, Flick appeared in Bond Court where his bond was set at $500,000 with 10% to apply. He has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time.

On May 14, 2017, the victim’s daughter went to visit her mother for Mother’s Day. Upon arriving at the home, the daughter noticed lacerations about her mother’s face and head. The two women then went to the hospital to seek treatment for the victim’s injuries. Upon seeing the woman’s injuries, hospital authorities alerted the Downers Grove Police Department. An investigation conducted by the Downers Grove Police Department led to Flick as the person responsible for the injuries to his mother. The investigation revealed that on the evening of May 13, 2017, Flick returned to the home he shared with his mother and that at some point in time he repeatedly hit his mother about the head and face with a hatchet.

“This case is a very disturbing example of how domestic violence is not confined to spousal abuse,” Berlin said. “The very idea that an individual would attack another with a hatchet, let alone their own mother, is outrageous. Thankfully, the injuries Mr. Flick inflicted upon his mother were not life threatening. I would like to thank the Downers Grove Police Department for their work on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Lee Roupas for his efforts in preparing an extremely strong case against Mr. Flick.”

Flick’s next court appearance is scheduled for August 21, 2018, for return of the Pre-sentence Report. Because the victim in the case is a senior, Flick is extended term eligible and faces between three and fourteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.