Man accused of touching another teen in St. Charles store
May 22, 2012 8:06PM
Nicholas Muniz of Glen Ellyn is charged with inappropriately touching teenage girls at a St. Charles Target store.
Updated: July 2, 2012 9:56AM
More charges in child-touching case: A 24-year-old man accused of approaching children in stores was charged Saturday by St. Charles police with additional counts of battery and disorderly conduct, police announced Tuesday. They said Nicholas Edward Muniz, of May Avenue in Glen Ellyn, was arrested by the Wheaton Police Department on outstanding warrants and then turned over to St. Charles police. According to reports, on May 15 St. Charles investigators talked with a 13-year-old girl who said that on May 13 she had been walking in the Target store at 3885 E. Main St. when a man inappropriately touched her and then began to follow her around the store. The girl made contact with an adult, and together they canvassed the store, but were not able to locate the offender, police said. The girl said she read a newspaper story about other alleged cases involving Muniz that included a photo of him and she recognized him as the man who had molested her. Unable to post $10,000 bail, Muniz was taken to the Kane County jail. St. Charles police previously accused Muniz of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old girl inside the store May 11 and a 14-year-old girl on May 12. They first arrested him when he returned to the store on May 13.
Crashed cycle was stolen: Police announced Tuesday that a motorcycle rider involved in an injury crash on Lake Street (Route 20) last Thursday afternoon had stolen the motorcycle in Michigan. Police said Demetrius A. Harris, 32, of Gary, Ind., has been charged with driving without a license and criminal trespass to a motor vehicle, plus two traffic citations. Police alleged Harris was riding the motorcycle eastbound on Route 20 near Red Oak Drive, east of Route 59, when his cycle rear-ended a Mazda car traveling eastbound on Route 20 after making a left turn from Red Oak. Harris, who sustained injuries not deemed by police to be life-threatening, was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. On Saturday, Harris was released on a $2,000 bond pending a July 7 court appearance in Cook County.
Elginite charged in crash: Jesus Contreras, 28, of the 300 block of Hastings Street in Elgin, was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol and three traffic violations after a chain-reaction crash involving four vehicles at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at Route 20 and North Bartlett Road, Bartlett police said Tuesday. Police allege Contreras was westbound on Route 20 when his SUV was involved in a rear-end crash with a car stopped in traffic. The impact caused a chain-reaction crash also involving two other cars stopped at the intersection. The driver of one car sustained injuries not deemed to be life-threatening and was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. Contreras was later released on bond pending a June 29 court date.
Cut while walking: A man who said he was just walking around his new neighborhood about 1:10 a.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of Sherman Avenue, on Elgin’s near-east side, told police that three strangers came up to him and asked, “What you got?” He said he swung his fists at them and ran away, but later discovered he had somehow sustained a cut on his face that required 30 stitches to close.
Very confused: A 19-year-old Bartlett woman was charged with criminal damage to property after she allegedly tried to get into a stranger’s parked SUV by hitting its windows with a brick in the 1300 block of Meyer Street early Sunday. According to police reports, the SUV’s owner was awakened at about 4:20 a.m. by alarms going off in both his SUVs and the sound of Tiara K. Washington banging on his door. Police said Washington seemed incoherent and was wearing no shoes. Police said she told them she had been left by friends at a party nearby and she seemed to think the victim’s two parked vehicles belonged to her mother. She was released with a notice to appear in court on July 6.
Senior prank: Police said they found about 20 students outside Elgin High School at about 1 a.m. Saturday and discovered the teens had inflicted some minor damage while conducting what the teens described as “the 2012 senior prank.” Police said the youths had dragged a boulder from one corner of the EHS campus to one of the school’s entrances, leaving drag marks on a driveway. Police also found “2012” spray-painted on several traffic signs and a driveway. No one was arrested.