BATAVIA – A St. Charles man was arrested Aug.14 following an Aug. 3 stabbing that reportedly happened after an altercation at the Steak 'n Shake drive-thru, 1901 McKee St., Batavia, according to Batavia police.
Jose E. Santiago, 20, of the 400 block of Walnut Ave., St. Charles, was located and arrested at about 10 a.m. Aug. 14 by Kane County Sheriff's Office deputies and faces multiple charges of armed violence and aggravated battery, a news release stated.
At about 11 p.m. Aug. 3, Batavia police officers were dispatched to a local hospital after being alerted by medical staff that they were treating a 20-year-old Batavia man for apparent stab wounds, according to the release, which noted the victim told police he received the injuries in the 0-99 block of Willey Lane in Batavia. He was released from the hospital after being treated for two stab wounds on the left side of his body – one in his shoulder and one in his lower back, the release stated.
The victim said that while he was in the drive-thru lane at the Steak ‘n Shake, a verbal and minor physical altercation took place between himself and the defendant, according to the release. After they separated, Santiago's vehicle, driven by a woman, backed into the victim’s vehicle and then fled the scene, the release stated, adding that the victim subsequently left the area and continued eastbound on McKee Street until he noticed he was being followed by a vehicle that appeared to be the defendant’s.
The victim pulled onto the 0-99 block of Willey Lane and stopped his vehicle, allowing an opportunity for Santiago’s vehicle to pass; instead it pulled in front of his vehicle and stopped, the release stated. Santiago allegedly exited his vehicle and approached the victim who got out of his own vehicle and a physical altercation ensued during which he was stabbed twice, the release stated, noting that Santiago reportedly told the victim he was going to stab him and kill him. The victim threatened to call police, after which Santiago returned to the vehicle and left the scene, according to the release.
Subsequent investigation identified the defendant as Santiago, the release stated.