Monday, August 29, 2011
Ali Akel faces up to five years if convicted of the most serious charge.
A Darien man charged with a hate crime after police said he spit on a black man during an altercation at a Woodridge gas station in June again failed to appear in court Monday to answer to charges. Ali Akel, 32, was charged earlier this summer with three felonies: a hate crime and two charges of aggravated battery. He was also charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. If convicted of the most serious charges, the aggravated batteries, Akel could face five years in prison. Akel, who had been free on a $10,000 bond, failed to appear in DuPage County Court late last month after initially telling a judge he would likely plead guilty. Bond was revoked after he didn’t appear for the July 25 hearing and a warrant for his arrest was issued. …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Ali Akel recently was indicted in connection with a June gas station incident in Woodridge.
A judge this week issued a no-bond warrant for the Darien man accused of using a racial slur against a man during a June gas station attack in Woodridge. Circuit Judge George Bakalis put out the warrant for 32-year-old Ali Akel after he didn't attend a Monday hearing, according to court records. Akel recently was indicted on two counts of aggravated battery and one count of committing a hate crime after officials said he attacked a black man inside a Woodridge gas station June 20. Akel had been free on $10,000 bail, but Bakalis ordered his bond be forfeited. He was scheduled to appear in court again Aug. 29, when he would likely be arraigned. Court records show Akel has a checkered history of domestic issues leading to protective orders …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Ali Akel returns to court July 25 in connection to gas station incident.
A Darien man charged with spitting on and hitting a man during a gas station incident that prosecutors deemed a hate crime brings with him a history of domestic and legal trouble. Ali Akel, 32, was charged June 20 with aggravated battery, marijuana possession and a hate crime after an altercation at Mobil, 1940 75th St. in Woodridge around 3:30 p.m. involving two black men. Prosecutors allege Akel used a racial slur and then attacked one of them as they waited in line. Authorities have not said what prompted the incident. He is free on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court on July 25. Court records show Akel has avoided serious punishments after previously pleading guilty to damaging his family home in 1998 and a 2005 felony …
Monday, June 27, 2011
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Friday, June 24, 2011
Patch's troubadour sings the blues this week about a lot of nothing much.
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Friday, June 24, 2011
Slow news weeks. Sometimes they happen. And now we have a song to sing when this reporting gig gets slow. Patch troubadour Kevin Trudo took a look at Patch headlines over the past seven days and came to one inevitable conclusion: not a lot happened last week. But that’s OK, because he came up with this witty, bluesy number celebrating the journalistic dry spell. The song references stories about downtown businesses in Plainfield petitioning to get their reassigned mail carrier back; an alleged hate crime at a gas station in Woodridge; Montgomery cops catching a guy who eluded police for 10 years; the muddy Warrior Dash in Channahon; and a strange tale of shredded tuxedo pants in Naperville. If you’re new to Kevin Sings the News, here’s the…
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Police report Ali Akel, 32, of Darien, used a racial slur against two black men and attacked one.
A Darien man was arrested at a Woodridge gas station Monday and charged with a hate crime, according to police. Ali Akel, 32, was arrested after allegedly using a racial slur against two black men, according to a Daily Herald report. Akel then spat on one of the men, knocked him to the ground and started to punch him, the report said. In addition to the hate crime charge, Akel was charged with aggravated battery and marijuana possession. The incident took place at Mobil, 1940 75th St., around 3:30 p.m. Akel was released on bail Tuesday, the report said. Akel told Judge Michael Wolfe in DuPage County Bond Court on Tuesday that he would “probably” plead guilty, the report said.
The Daily Herald reports Ali Akel punched a black man at a Woodridge gas station.
A Darien man who allegedly attacked a black man in Woodridge Monday has been charged with a hate crime, according to a Daily Herald report. Ali Akel, 32, was arrested at a Woodridge gas station Monday after allegedly using a racial slur against two black men, the report said. Akel then spat on one of the men, knocked him to the ground and started to punch him, the report said. In addition to the hate crime charge, Akel was charged with aggravated battery and marijuana possession, the report said. Akel was released on bail Tuesday, the report said. Akel told Judge Michael Wolfe in DuPage County Bond Court on Tuesday that he would “probably” plead guilty, the report said. Check back with Darien Patch for updates on this story.