Our sister station WLBK reports that an 18-year-old DeKalb man is charged with hate crime following a stabbing Wednesday in Hopkins Park in DeKalb, but aggravated battery charges he was initially facing have been dropped.
In court documents, DeKalb Police say witnesses told them that a suspect later identified as Jeremy Lloyd had been calling an African American minor the N-word.
Police say the witnesses that they talked to after being called to Hopkins Park shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday night also said Lloyd asked the minor to fight and threatened to kill him.
DeKalb Police Cmdr. Bob Redel says the stabbing happened following an altercation between one person and a group of people. Redel has said a knife was used.
Police say witnesses told police that Lloyd had left the park in a vehicle and provided descriptions. The vehicle was found by officers.
Police say Lloyd told officers that he went to Hopkins Park to confront the minor, and police say Lloyd called the minor the N-word during the interview.
Police say another minor also identified Lloyd in a photo lineup.
Lloyd was arrested and taken to the DeKalb County Jail.
Lloyd was initially charged with aggravated battery to a child, three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and three counts of aggravated battery that caused great bodily harm, but all those charges were dismissed by the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office and Lloyd has been charged with a felony count of a hate crime.
State’s Attorney Rick Amato says the charges were dismissed based on new evidence that surfaced Thursday morning. Amato says the most appropriate charge is hate crime; although, he says the matter is still under investigation.
Amato says Lloyd has been ordered to have no contact with the three minors who were injured.
Initially, two people went to the hospital following the stabbing, but Redel says a third person went to the hospital later. He says all of their injuries were not life-threatening.
Our sister station WLBK reports that two people were taken to the hospital following a stabbing in Hopkins Park in DeKalb.
DeKalb Police Cmdr. Bob Redel says their wounds were not serious. He says the wounds were from a knife.
The incident happened around 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday near the Hopkins Park pool.
Interim Police Chief John Petragallo says there was a fight between two groups of people. Petragallo says two or three young people were injured.
Redel says police are now investigating how the altercation started and what happened during the incident; detectives are interviewing a person of interest who police believe was the one that had the knife.
Redel says while some of the people involved in the altercation were juveniles, not all of them were.
No arrests have been announced.
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