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Crime & Courts

78-year-old woman is charged with hate crime

Aydene T. Militello, 78, of DeKalb
Aydene T. Militello, 78, of DeKalb

SYCAMORE – Police said a 78-year-old DeKalb woman responded to being cut off by tailing the other driver to Walmart and yelling “You and your people need to take responsibility for your own actions.”

Aydene T. Militello, of the 200 block of Linden Place, has been charged with a hate crime, punishable by one to three years in prison if she’s convicted.

Police said in court records Militello claimed a woman cut her off at East Hillcrest Drive and Sycamore Road, so Militello tailed her, then parked her into her spot and approached the car yelling at her. The records show Militello tried to reach in the vehicle, at which point the woman rolled up her window and called police.

DeKalb County Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert signed a warrant Monday with $3,000 bond attached, and court records show that after Militello was arrested and booked into the jail, she promptly posted $300 bail to be released.

Militello has been very outspoken in public Facebook posts, including a June 23 post in which she makes an offensive statement about the gay community.

She’s due back in court at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 8.

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