An 18-year-old is accused of slapping the behinds of two women as he rode his bike along the Fox River Trail in South Elgin last month, according to forest preserve police and court records.
Ulises C. Bibriescas, of the 500 block of Raymond Street, Elgin, has been charged with four felony counts of aggravated battery in a public place and one count of aggravated battery to a person 60 or older, according to Kane County court records.
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Kane County Forest Preserve Police Chief Michael Gilloffo said the first incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. April 18 on the west side of the Fox River.
"The suspect rode up on a bicycle behind a woman who was running or jogging and slapped her from behind and rode off," Gilloffo said.
The 60-year-old victim from St. Charles was not injured, but the charge of aggravated battery was approved because the offense took place in public, Gilloffo explained. The victim got a good description of the offender, but police were unable to locate him.
At about noon April 25, a 45-year-old woman from Elgin also was stuck on her backside and the suspect made a lewd comment toward her, Gilloffo said.
She alerted authorities and South Elgin police arrested Bibriescas, Gilloffo said. The first victim also identified Bibriescas in a lineup.
"Originally, we charged him with misdemeanors. They were upgraded to felonies when it went to the grand jury (this week)," Gilloffo said. "We want to assure people the forest preserves are a safe, family-oriented place to enjoy yourself and recreate."
Bibriescas is free on bond and due in court June 26. If convicted, he faces anywhere from probation to five years in prison.
He does not have any other arrests in Kane County, records show.