When four wealthy honors students appeared before Judge Peggy Chiampas after they beat a man and stole his bike, she had absolutely no mercy on them.
Patrick Moran, Carter Coates, Andrew Patterson and Michael Kralis, all 18, have been charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for the ruthless beating. According to Daily Mail, each of the boys attend elite high schools in upscale downtown Chicago and are planning to attend top colleges.
Video footage shows the boys pull up in a Mercedes SUV at a Wicker Park gas station and proceed to beat 20 year-old Eric Batlle with bats and a metal pipe in order to steal his bike. Batlle had been trying to sell his bike for $500 before returning to Northern Illinois University, and he put up quite a fight. In fact, he was still clinging to the bike when police arrived on the scene.
Batlle had posted an ad for the bike on Facebook, and Moran responded to it by arranging a meeting at Division Street and Damen Avenue at about 2pm on Tuesday.
“When I got there, I saw the kid. We looked at each other, and as soon as he looked at the bike, he snatched it,” Batlle recounted. “I looked up, and four of his friends ran out of the alley with pepper spray and bats.”
“It was a big tussle,” he added. “I was trying to fight back.”
Batlle successfully fought his attackers off, but they quickly returned and dragged the bike, with him underneath, across the street. Police then arrived on the scene and arrested the four 18 year-olds along with an unnamed 17 year-old accomplice.
The four boys appeared in Chiampas’ court yesterday, and she had no patience for their behavior.
“Yeah I’d be crying, too, if I was you,” she told them, before adding to her deputies, “Can we have some Kleenex for these young men?”
The court then heard that Coates and Moran had each just graduated high school with honors, and were preparing to attend California Polytechnic State University and University of Michigan respectively. Patterson is also a gifted student who hopes to become an actor.
Chiampas wasn’t fazed by any of this, however, and she ordered all four boys to be held on $75,000 bond.
“This is just a tragedy all around,” she said.
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