Two charged, two hurt in hammer attack near Glen Ellyn

  • Michael Targo

    Michael Targo

  • Joshua Miceli

    Joshua Miceli

Updated 2/19/2018 6:45 PM

A Glen Ellyn-area resident and the hitman he hired to kill his parents are being held without bail after their victims were seriously injured in an attack with a hammer inside their home, authorities said Monday.

Joshua Miceli, 23, of the 1N600 block of Park Boulevard, is charged with two counts of solicitation of murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Michael Targo, 18, of Glendale Heights is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.


Judge James Konetski denied bail to each man Monday morning.

Sheriff's officials say they responded to the victims' home on the 1N600 block of Park Boulevard near Glen Ellyn around 2:50 a.m. Sunday for a report of a husband and wife who were attacked with a hammer. Both victims sustained serious injuries.

Sgt. Robert Harris said Miceli's mother remained hospitalized Monday afternoon.

Authorities said Targo was identified as a suspect and quickly apprehended at a nearby business.

Sheriff's officials say Miceli confessed to hiring Targo to murder his parents.

"I would like to praise our deputies for quickly apprehending these dangerous criminals and the investigators who were able to put the pieces together so swiftly," Undersheriff Frank Bibbiano said in a written statement Monday. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this heinous crime and we hope for their speedy recovery."

Both men are scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. March 12 before Judge Jeffrey MacKay.

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