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Three charged in attacks in South Elgin and Elgin

Updated: September 23, 2013 2:37PM

Three men have been charged with beating a 71-year-old South Elgin Parks and Recreation employee Sunday morning as he was cleaning up South Elgin’s Riverfest grounds and then also attacking an Evanston man in Elgin’s Festival Park who was waiting for his Metra train.

Charged are Oscar E. Villagomez, 35, of the 100 block of Mallery Avenue, Elgin; Andres Sanchez, 17, of the 6000 block of Grace Street, Elgin; and Pedro Miranda, 18, of the 1200 block of Scott Avenue, Chicago Heights. Bail on the charges was set at $25,000 for Sanchez, $25,000 for Miranda and $70,000 for Villagomez. All were given Aug. 30 court dates.

According to South Elgin Deputy Police Chief Jerry Krawczyk, the village employee was helping to clean up on the east side of the State Street bridge approximately 6:25 a.m. when the men jumped out of a car and began hitting him, possibly with a branch and fists. The men then got back into the car and drove away. The victim walked across the bridge to the fire station at 150 State St. and asked for aid.

In the Elgin case, according to police, the victim said he was in Festival Park along South Grove Avenue also approximately 6:25 a.m. when he was approached by three men. He said the men demanded to know what was in the bag he was carrying, then began to hit the victim until he fell and dropped his phone. The victim then ran to the police station to report the crime, police were told.

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