Aurora man gets 5 years in prison for attack on Naperville restaurant

  • Diego Vargas

    Diego Vargas

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 3/7/2022 4:21 PM

An Aurora man who pleaded guilty last summer to throwing an "explosive device" into a downtown Naperville restaurant during civil unrest in June 2020 was sentenced to five years in prison.

Diego Vargas, 27, admitted to setting off two "explosive devices" inside Egg Harbor Cafe June 1, 2020, following racial justice demonstrations that turned violent in the wake of George Floyd's murder by police in Minnesota earlier in the year.

 

No injuries were reported in Vargas' attack on the restaurant.

Vargas was facing a maximum of 20 years in prison.

During his plea hearing last year, Vargas also admitted to unsuccessfully trying to steal money from an ATM in Aurora.

Vargas was also accused of causing up to $10,000 in vandalism damage at several businesses in downtown Naperville the same night he attacked the restaurant with the explosive devices. Those charges were quashed following his sentencing Monday in the federal case, according to DuPage County court records.

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