3 charged with hate crime in St. Charles

3 charged with hate crime in St. Charles

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ST. CHARLES, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Three St. Charles residents have been charged with committing a hate crime and other felonies after a beating that took place outside a St. Charles bar.

Christopher M. Miner, 30, of the 100 block of North 15th Street, Stephan C. Bolt, 31, of the 4N800 block of East Mary Lane, and Susan V. Patton, 31, of the 6N200 block of Woodland Road, all were charged with aggravated battery, mob action, hate crimes and battery, St. Charles police said Monday.

Police said the incident began about 1 a.m. on Jan. 6. The victims said they were with a group of friends at a bar in the 2000 block of Route 38, and were waiting for a cab outside when they were confronted by Patton, who threw a drink into the face of a 26-year-old woman.

The victim and her two male friends walked away to avoid further confrontation and decided to walk home rather than wait for a cab, according to police. As they walked across the parking lot, a gray Mazda pulled up next to the three victims and stopped. Patton got out of the Mazda and again confronted the 26-year-old woman, police said.

The two male victims stepped in front of their friend to protect her, and Patton hit them, police said.

Miner and Bolt then got out of the Mazda, and, along with Patton, began punching and kicking the two men and taunting them about being gay.

One of the male victims managed to pull out his cell phone and call 911, and told the assailants that police were on their way. Patton, Miner and Bolt then got in their car and drove away.

The three victims suffered minor injuries that did not require a trip to the hospital.

Possible charges are also pending on a fourth woman who was present at the time of the attack, police said.

Miner and Bolt were arrested on Friday afternoon, and Patton was arrested Saturday morning. Patton and Bolt have been released on $3,000 bond. Miner was taken to the Kane County Correctional Facility, police said.

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