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Article updated: 5/28/2013 6:55 PM

Police: Hoffman Estates man tried to kill mother

Robert J. Granger

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By Madhu Krishnamurthy and Reema Amin

A Hoffman Estates man is facing up to 30 years in prison if convicted on charges that he tried to kill his 65-year-old mother over the weekend, authorities said.

Robert J. Granger, 32, of the 600 block Hillcrest Boulevard, is charged with attempted murder and aggravated domestic battery following his arrest early Sunday morning at his residence.

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According to Hoffman Estates police, officers responded at 4:28 a.m. to a 911 report of a woman screaming for help at the residence. Upon arrival, the officers could hear the woman calling for help and saw through a window that she was being beaten by a man they later identified as Granger, police said. Officers forced their way into the home and arrested Granger.

An ambulance was called and the woman was transported to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates with multiple serious injuries, including a broken nose and broken jaw, authorities said.

The woman is in stable condition at the hospital, police said Tuesday.

Granger admitted to police that he got upset with his mother and began to repeatedly punch her in the face, at which time she screamed, "Bobby, please stop, I'm dying," a Cook County assistant state's attorney said at Granger's bond hearing Tuesday.

Granger's response was, "Then die," prosecutors said.

Granger has multiple prior arrests and convictions on charges of battery, domestic battery, violating orders of protection, driving under the influence, disorderly conduct and possession of cannabis, prosecutors said.

Granger's mother filed a domestic battery complaint against him in April. His latest conviction was July 9, 2012, for battery and resisting a peace officer for which he served 30 days in jail, prosecutors said.

He was convicted of domestic battery in 2011 and served 30 days in jail, prosecutors said.

Granger graduated from Hoffman Estates High School in 1999, and Harper College in 2004. He is currently unemployed, officials said.

Bail for Granger was set at $750,000. He must post $75,000 to be released. He is being held at Cook County Jail. Granger was ordered to stay away from his mother and surrender his Firearm Owner Identification card, prosecutors said.

Granger's next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. June 14 at the Cook County courthouse in Rolling Meadows.

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