ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles man charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct after pointing a black pellet gun at a woman last month outside a Walmart store in St. Charles told police he doesn't remember the incident and perhaps blacked out after drinking at a party and then taking medication.
Police arrested Frederick J. Murphy, 61, of the 1400 block of E. Main St., St. Charles, a day after the Oct. 31 incident. He was apprehended at his home without incident after a tip from a city of St. Charles employee who saw the Walmart surveillance photo on social media. Police identified the gun as a black 1911 style BB gun with a replica "silencer" attached to the muzzle.
"He confirmed that it was he in the image, but he does not recall any information from the incident," the report stated. The case report was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Kane County Chronicle.
According to the case report, Murphy told police he doesn't recall going to the Walmart at 150 Smith Road after getting home from the party. The alleged incident occurred after 10 p.m.
Murphy has both of his hands in his hooded sweatshirt pocket the whole time he is in the store. He told police that believes he blacked out after taking his medication.
"He was consuming Jack Daniels and Coke," the report stated. "He did not know how much he drank. He and his friend finished off a fifth of Jack Daniels."
According to the case report, Murphy approached the woman as she was leaving the Walmart store and said, "Can I ask you something?" before pointing the gun at her. At the time, she did not know what type of gun it was.
"He was sorry for anything he may have done," stated the report.
The report stated that the victim thought she was going to die and her first instinct was to run. After Murphy approached the victim, she ran back into the store.
The St. Charles city employee told police the image resembled a man who had been at City Hall early on Nov. 1 to make a payment. The gun was later recovered in a dumpster at the apartment complex where Murphy lives.
Murphy posted bond and was released pending a court date in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in DuPage County.