SYCAMORE – The mother of a 15-year-old boy injured in a stabbing at Hopkins Park said Thursday that her son remains hospitalized after his right leg was slashed to the bone.
Jeremy C. Lloyd, 18, of the 800 block of West Hillcrest Drive, initially was charged in connection with the incident, in which three boys were cut with a blade.
However, after investigators learned more information about the stabbing, prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon against Lloyd.
DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato instead asked that Lloyd be charged with a hate crime in DeKalb County court. If convicted, Lloyd could face between two and five years in prison.
DeKalb County Judge Phillip Montgomery ordered Lloyd be released from jail on his signature, with the conditions of pretrial supervision and that he have no contact with any of the three boys injured in the attack.
Lloyd told Montgomery that he did not know the boys who were injured.
Markita Scott, whose son was among those injured in the incident, told the Daily Chronicle that she didn’t understand why battery charges were dropped, and that she wants more information. She said her son underwent major surgery at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital on Wednesday night to close a deep cut on his right knee. Scott said her son plays football and basketball at DeKalb High School, and that doctors told her the boy’s recovery would take at least two months.
“My son called me from the ground,” Scott said about how she heard about the attack. “Someone was putting pressure on his leg. By the time I got to the park [the ambulance] had already left. I met them at the hospital, and when I got there, his leg was wide open.”
Photos obtained by Scott of the injury to her son show a deep slash through his right knee, which she said required invasive surgery Wednesday night. A photo of another injured boy shows a stab wound just below his left knee.
Scott said all three injured boys were black, and that she has seen Lloyd frequently using racial slurs on Snapchat, and said her son does not know Lloyd.
“He’s a known racist,” Scott said of Lloyd.
DeKalb police responded to a call of a fight and stabbing at Hopkins Park at 6:03 p.m. Wednesday. According to police, Lloyd came to the park to confront one of the boys, and witnesses told police that Lloyd called one of the boys a racial slur, asked him to fight and threatened to kill him, according to DeKalb County court records.
In the fight, Lloyd is accused of cutting three minors with a razor blade; two in a leg and one in the shoulder, according to court records. Later he drove away, but witnesses gave police a description of Lloyd and his vehicle.
DeKalb interim Police Chief John Petragallo said police caught up to Lloyd about an hour later and brought him to the police station for questioning. While being questioned, police said Lloyd used a racial slur to refer to one of the boys he’s accused of attacking.
“The case is still being investigated right now,” Petragallo said Thursday. “There were a lot of people that witnessed the incident or were involved as a victim or witness. So there’s a lot of things to get through to find out what happened. We’re still working on it.”
Lloyd will be represented by the public defender’s office. He is due next in court Aug. 6 for a preliminary hearing.