3 Charged in Attack on Gay Men, Female Companion in Illinois
Two local men and a local woman face multiple felony counts as a result of a hate crime investigation St. Charles police launched after two gay men and a woman they were with were attacked on Jan. 6 after leaving a Lincoln Highway bar. Stephan C. Bolt, 31, of the 4N800 block of East Mary Lane, Christopher M. Miner, 30, of the 100 block of North 15th Street, and Susan V. Patton, 31, of the 6N200 block of Woodland Road, face charges that range from aggravated battery to mob action to hate crime after the attack, which occurred in the 2000 Block of Lincoln Highway early on Jan. 6. Police were called at 1:45 a.m. that day to a report of a disturbance in the 2000 block of Lincoln Highway (Route 38). Witnesses and the victims told police they were with a group of friends at a bar authorities earlier identified as parking lot of Time Out Sports Pub, at 2051 Lincoln Highway. After the bar closed, police said the victims were standing in the parking lot waiting for a cab when they were confronted by Patton who threw a drink into the face of the 26-year-old female victim. The victim and her two male companions walked away to avoid further confrontation, police said.