Crime & Courts

Bolingbrook man charged with hate crime in connection with Halloween altercation

Man yelled racist words at trick-or-treaters, struck woman with blunt object: cops

A Bolingbrook man was charged with a hate crime for allegedly yelling racist slurs at trick-or-treaters and striking a woman with a piece of metal garden fencing.

Cord Krol, 53, was first arrested on Halloween in the 500 block of Forest Way in connection with the incident, according to the Bolingbrook police.

Officers responded to the area about 6 p.m. that day for a reported fight in progress, police said. Officers arrived and found multiple people, including a 35-year-old woman who had been struck in the head with a blunt object, police said.

Following an investigation, officers determined that Krol was accused of yelling racist slurs at trick-or-treaters and was asked to stop since numerous children were in the area, police said.

Krol then struck a 35-year-old woman in the head with a metal piece of a garden fence, causing serious injury, police said.

Krol threatened another person with the metal fencing before he was disarmed and restrained, police said.

A review of the evidence and witnesses led to new charges against Krol, who had been initially arrested on charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

A grand jury indicted Krol on charges of committing a hate crime, aggravated battery and assault.

Krol was jailed on Halloween but was released Nov. 2 after he posted $50,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 7.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News