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Three face hate crime charges after St. Charles fight

ST. CHARLES – Three people have been charged with multiple felonies in connection with a physical altercation that police consider a hate crime, St. Charles police said Monday.

Susan V. Patton, 31, of the 6N200 block of Woodland Road, Campton Hills, reportedly threw a drink in the face of a 26-year-old woman waiting outside for a cab after Time Out Sports Pub, 2051 Lincoln Highway, had closed Jan. 6.

Police spokesman Paul McCurtain said the two women had talked inside the restaurant. To avoid further confrontation, the 26-year-old and her two male companions walked away and decided to walk home instead of waiting for a taxi.

A gray Mazda, however, reportedly pulled up next to the trio and stopped. Patton exited the car and again confronted the other woman, whose friends stepped in front of her as protection, police said.

Patton hit the men and was joined by two others in the vehicle: Christopher M. Miner, 30, of the 100 block of North 15th Street, St. Charles, and Stephan C. Bolt, 31, of the 4N800 block of East Mary Lane, Campton Hills, police said.

Patton, Miner and Bolt punched and kicked the two men while taunting them for being gay, McCurtain said, which is why authorities labeled the incident as a hate crime.

Police were dispatched to the parking lot at 1:45 a.m. after one of the victims called 911 from a cellphone. Patton, Miner and Bolt reportedly drove away once the victim said police were on their way.

The victims suffered cuts and bruises, McCurtain said, describing the injuries as minor.

Miner and Bolt were arrested Friday, and Patton was arrested Saturday, police said. Each of them was charged with one count of mob action, a Class 4 felony; two counts of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony; and two counts of hate crime, a Class 4 felony. Miner and Bolt also were charged with four counts of battery, and Patton was charged with six counts of battery, a Class A misdemeanor.

Bond for each of them was set at $30,000. Bolt and Patton have been released on $3,000 bail, police said, but Miner remained in custody at the Kane County Correctional Facility as of Monday.

Their next court date is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 15 in Room 217 of the Kane County Judicial Center.

It is possible a fourth person will be charged after further review by the state’s attorney’s office, McCurtain said.

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