Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Bond Set for Lombard Man Charged Hate Crime
State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton announced
today that bond has been set for a Lombard man accused yelling racial slurs at
several people following a graduation party last night. Joseph Ropinski, 55 (d.o.b.
12/16/1964) of 1050 S Fairfield Street, appeared in Bond Court this afternoon
where Judge Alex McGimpsey set bond at $5,000 with 10% to apply. Ropinski has
been charged with one count of Hate Crime, a Class 4 Felony.
June 3, 2020, at approximately 1 a.m., officers with the Lombard Police
Department responded to a call of an altercation at the defendant’s home. Upon
their arrival, officers found Ropinski outside his home. It is alleged that several
individuals were leaving a high school graduation party when the defendant
exited his house and began to yell racial slurs at them. It is further alleged
that Ropinski told the individuals to “go back to the city.” It is alleged that
as the victims walked toward Ropinski, Ropinski took a swing at one of them but
missed. It is alleged that Ropinski then said “I have a 9 mm” and then walked
back toward his home. It is further alleged that the individuals then left the
scene at which time a neighbor who witnessed the altercation approached
Ropinski’s home and stood in the street outside the home. It is alleged that
Ropinski then armed himself with a 1x4 piece of wood and walked up to the man
where he yelled a racial slur at him and said “right here, let’s go” at which
time the man left. Ropinski was taken into custody at this time.
“I want to make this
perfectly clear, racially-motivated crimes, such as alleged in this case, have
no place in civilized society and anyone suspected as such behavior will
quickly find themselves facing felony charges” Berlin said. “I would like to
thank the Lombard Police Department for their efforts in holding Mr. Ropinski
responsible for his alleged actions. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s
Attorneys Heather Misura and Anthony Pasquini for their work in preparing a
strong prosecution against this defendant.”
Village of Lombard is a proudly diverse community. Hateful criminal acts
and the abhorrent behavior allegedly displayed by Mr. Ropinski are an affront
to the values and beliefs of our community and will not be tolerated,” Newton
said. “The men and women of the Lombard Police Department stand united with
fellow Lombardians against any and all acts of violence and racism within our
next court appearance is scheduled for June 29, 2020, for arraignment in front
of Judge Ann Celine Walsh.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint
contains only charges and is 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.