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Police: Victims decline to pursue charges in Bolingbrook vandalism case

A home in the 100 block of Enclave Circle in Bolingbrook was spray-painted with racist, derogatory language on April 27.
A home in the 100 block of Enclave Circle in Bolingbrook was spray-painted with racist, derogatory language on April 27.

A family whose home in Bolingbrook was spray-painted with racist and derogatory slurs, as well as damaged by a brick that shattered a window, does not wish to pursue charges against a suspect, police said.

About 3 a.m. April 27, officers went to the 100 block of Enclave Circle after receiving a report of possible criminal damage to property, Bolingbrook police Lt. Anthony Columbus said.

A person at the home had discovered multiple racist and derogatory slurs painted on the front of the house, Columbus said. He said the family is Muslim, but there was “no indication the family was targeted due to religious affiliation.”

In a statement Thursday, Bolingbrook police said that after a “lengthy investigation and identification of a suspect,” the victims declined to pursue criminal charges and the case was closed July 21.

“This was not a random act of
violence or hate crime, instead the victim’s son and suspect were
well-known to each other and stemmed from a personal matter,” police said.

In response to questions about the incident, Bolingbrook police said the victim’s son and the suspect were friends and “had a falling out.”

“That is all we can release at this time. The residents wish to put this behind them and move on,” Bolingbrook police said.

Previously, Columbus said
that because the vandalism referred to a “perceived race, the investigation as a hate crime is not being ruled out.”

Police investigators worked with the state’s attorney’s office to determine the appropriate charges, he said.

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