Two arrested in Elgin after BB gun shooting
Two 18-year-olds from Elgin have been charged with felony aggravated battery and damage to property after they were accused of shooting another man with a BB gun.
Adrian Villagomez, of the 600 block of North Crystal Street, and Edward R. Contreras, of the 0-100 block of South McLean Road, face two counts of felony aggravated battery in a public place, one count of mob action, one count of felony criminal damage to property and 13 counts of misdemeanor criminal damage to property of under $500 in connection with the Feb. 22 shooting, according to Kane County court records.
Elgin Police spokeswoman Kristie Hilton said last week the teens were arrested about 6:45 p.m. Feb. 24 on the 1600 block of Larkin Avenue. The victim suffered a "minor injury" and was treated and released from an area hospital.
The Daily Herald filed a Freedom of Information Act request Feb. 25 seeking information about the shooting and arrests. Under the law, the city has five business days to respond. As of Monday, the city had not responded to the FOIA request. Hilton, who did not have additional information about the case, said the city's legal department planned to issue a blanket denial because a juvenile was involved.
According to court records, Villagomez and Contreras are accused of acting together in shooting the male victim with a BB gun along a public way.
Each is charged with 13 misdemeanor counts of causing under $500 damage to vehicles, including a: Nissan Rogue; 2018 Jeep Commander; 2014 Toyota Camry; Ford Windstar; 2003 GMC truck; 2013 Scion; 1994 Jeep Cherokee; 2017 Chevy Cruz; Chevy Traverse; 1992 pickup truck; 2005 Chevy Malibu; 2002 Honda Civic; and 2000 Nissan Altima. Some of the model years of damaged vehicles were not listed in court documents.
They are also accused of one felony count of causing more than $500 damage to a 2004 Cadillac Escalade, records show.
Both Villagomez and Ortiz have been released from the Kane County jail after posting bond.
Villagomez is next due in court Thursday and Contreras is due in court March 12.
Each faces a sentence ranging from probation to up to five years prison on the most severe charges of aggravated battery and mob action, both felonies. The pair also could be subject to restitution on the 14 criminal damage to property cases.