A judge Wednesday halved the bail amount for a Hanover Park teen accused of beating a 42-year-old man with a landscape brick in downtown Elgin last month and stealing his bike.
Brandon K. Taylor, 17, of the 2300 block of Larch Avenue, faces six to 30 years in prison if convicted of the most serious armed robbery charge.
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Kane County Judge Susan Clancy Boles reduced bail from $100,000 to $50,000, meaning Taylor must post $5,000 to be released while the case is pending.
According to Elgin police, Taylor and a 15-year-old juvenile were arrested Sept. 19 and accused of beating and robbing the man of his bike and phone at about 8:30 p.m. near South Grove Avenue and Lake Street.
The victim, an Elgin man, suffered a fractured skull and had bleeding in his brain, according to court documents.
Assistant State's Attorney Mark Stadojhar said the victim was hospitalized for more than two weeks.
Stadojhar pointed to incidents of resisting arrest and unlawful use of a weapon for Taylor as a juvenile as reasons bond should not be reduced.
"He's clearly a danger because on his actions and his history," Stadojhar said.
As of Wednesday, Taylor was still in jail. If released, Taylor must have no contact with the victim or co-defendant in the case, and if he is absent from an alternative high school in Elgin for teens with disciplinary problems, he must provide a doctor's note.
Taylor is due in court Oct. 25. The case of the 15-year-old is being handled in juvenile court.