Robbers leave victim with skull fracture
By Janelle Walker For The Courier-News September 20, 2013 5:26PM
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:43AM
ELGIN — Bail was set at $100,000 Friday for a 17-year-old accused of being involved with a robbery Thursday near the Grand Victoria Casino that left its victim seriously injured.
The robbery victim was taken to a local hospital with a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain, police said.
Brandon K. Taylor, of the 2300 block of Larch Avenue, Hanover Park, was charged with a Class X count of armed robbery, a Class 1 felony count of aggravated robbery/indicated was armed with a firearm, a Class 2 felony count of robbery, and two Class 3 felony counts of aggravated battery.
A second suspect, a 15-year-old juvenile, was taken to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center for a detention hearing on the same charges. Information on a possible third suspect was not available.
According to police, the victim told police that at about 8:30 p.m. he was at Lake Street and Grove Avenue when he was approached by three people who asked if he had a phone. The victim said he didn’t, but one of the offenders, the juvenile, hit the victim in the head with a brick.
The suspects then took the man’s mountain bike and cellphone.
The victim made it to a friend’s house and police were called.
Before police were told of the assault and robbery, officers said, they made contact with the suspects in an unrelated incident. The bike appeared in a police squad video from that incident and the victim was able to identify his bicycle from the video, police said.
He was assigned an Oct. 2 court appearance.
The victim’s condition was not available.