ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A 77-year-old man was charged with felony aggravated battery after he allegedly pushed a utility worker who was trimming trees in his neighborhood, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports.
Kenneth R. Bourkland, of the 6N300 block of Old Homestead Road, St. Charles Township, was charged March 29 in connection with the incident. According to court records, he was released on a personal recognizance bond and is scheduled to appear in court April 19 for a status hearing.
According to sheriff’s reports, ComEd contracted employees of Lewis Tree Service to cut tree branches that were obstructing power lines throughout the neighborhood when Bourkland allegedly came out of his house and yelled at them to move their trucks off the grass.
Their trucks were parked half on the road and half on the grass, reports stated.
Bourkland also allegedly shouted obscenities at the workers, who were Hispanic, calling them “wetbacks” and said that they “need to go back to Mexico the same way you came here,” reports stated.
Bourkland allegedly pushed one of the workers multiple times as the worker tried to walk away from him, reports stated.
Bourkland told a deputy that he did tell the contractors to go back to Mexico, but he denied pushing one of them, reports stated.
Bourkland also told a deputy that the contract workers were speaking Spanish and though he did not understand what they were saying, he believed they were talking bad about him, reports stated.