A suburban Chicago man, Larry York, 46, has been charged with two hate crimes for allegedly verbally abusing and threatening to shoot two Muslim men. DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced on Thursday that York was denied pretrial release during a court hearing. The incident occurred on Tuesday night at an apartment complex in Lombard.
According to Berlin, York confronted the victims and used offensive language towards them. He initially approached one of the men who was seated in his car, asking him what he was doing there and telling him to leave the country. York then punched the man’s car window before proceeding to the lobby of the building, where he encountered the second victim. He continued to use profanity and threatened physical harm.
Later, while one of the men was sitting on a bench outside the building, York approached them again and lifted the opposite end of the bench, causing the seated man to fall to the ground. York also allegedly made threats to shoot the two men, claiming he had called four friends to assist him.
York was arrested on Wednesday at a Lombard bar. During the court hearing, York’s attorney, Michael Orescanin, argued that his client was a moderate risk and could wear an alcohol monitor. Orescanin suggested that York was intoxicated at the time and believed the victims were trying to enter the building illegally. He also hinted that the victims may have instigated the conflict.
State’s Attorney Berlin emphasized that hate crimes have no place in society and expressed zero tolerance for such actions in DuPage County.