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Elgin man faces aggravated domestic battery charges

Updated: October 1, 2012 5:49PM

Aggravated domestic: Theodore N. Smith, 61, of the 200 block of South Channing Street, Elgin, was charged with two felony counts of aggravated domestic battery following an incident Wednesday afternoon at his family’s home. He is accused of punching his wife in the head and chest, throwing her to the ground, and shattering a car window when she ran outside and took refuge in the car. Bail was set Thursday at $100,000; he was given a Sept. 12 court date.

Road rage reported: James R. Blankenship, 48, of Lake in the Hills, was charged by Elgin police with leaving the scene of an accident, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct, as well as battery and resisting arrest in Carpentersville, following incidents on Aug. 24 in both towns. According to police, a resident reported that his car was rear-ended about 4:05 p.m. on State Street (Route 31) by a BMW with North Carolina plates.

The victim told police he continued to follow the other car and that the driver of the BMW would “lock up his brakes” in front of the other car. At one point, the victim said, the driver of the BMW, later identified as Blankenship, backed his car into the victim’s. At about 6 p.m., Elgin police received another call about a reckless driver in a vehicle matching the earlier description, and Blankenship was eventually stopped in Carpentersville, police said. He was released on $150 bond and given a Sept. 28 court date.

Robbery reported: An Elgin man told police he was jumped by six men outside of El Paraiso Restaurant, 314 S. McLean Blvd., at about 3:20 a.m. Saturday. According to the victim, the men took $300 he had earned in bar tending tips that evening. A security officer at the restaurant indicated one of the men had also shown a gun during the incident.

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