Report Sheds New Light on Weekend St. Charles Slashing

Police were investigating a disturbance involving two “highly intoxicated” men when one became involved in a second incident in which he was injured with a knife.

Edward E. Brubaker | Credit: St. Charles Police Department
Edward E. Brubaker | Credit: St. Charles Police Department

The man who was slashed with a kitchen knife on Saturday was highly intoxicated and had been involved in a disturbance that led to a police officer receiving minor injuries in the minutes leading up to the weekend attack, a St. Charles police report shows.

The report was filed for a disturbance not long before a 51-year-old resident of an apartment on North 15th Street reportedly used a kitchen knife to slash a neighbor who is 30 years his junior.

Edward E. Brubaker, of the 100 block of North 15th Street, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after the fight.

But before the incident with Brubaker, police were investigating a separate incident after a woman called to report that two drunken men in their 20s, one of whom was wearing a white T-shirt, were banging on her neighbor’s door hard enough to cause things to fall over in her own apartment.

Police arrived to find an individual wearing a white T-shirt and who appeared to be intoxicated walking in a common area of the apartment complex. When the officer instructed the man, identified as Joseph A. Wessely, 21, of the 700 block of Walton Street, Grayslake,  to come to him, Wessely flipped his middle finger at the officer and fled.

Wessely ultimately would be charged with resisting/obstructing a peace officer.

The officer gave chase and caught up with Wesselyas he tried to enter an apartment where James R. Durante, 23, was at, according to the report. Durante struggled with police as he tried to pull Wessely inside. One officer reported receiving injuries to his arm and hand during the scuffle, during which the door was slammed on the officer’s arm and hand.

Durante subsequently locked himself inside the apartment and would not open the door again to police. Police described both Durante and Wessely as highly intoxicated.

Police decided to take Wessely into custody and planned return later to talk again with Durante to follow up on the incident.

But within minutes, the report states, Durante had become involved in another confrontation with a different apartment complext resident — Brubaker.

Police said Durante suffered two long slash marks on his right side and a cut to his head.


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David P Weekly June 12, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Stupid is, as stupid does !
LFreiberg June 12, 2013 at 09:43 AM
Serious punishment needs to be put on the crimes these thugs perpetuate to deter others from it OR it's going to be a long, long summer for the 'quaint' town by the river that we pay a lot of high taxes to live. Hopefully our 'newly' elected politicians are paying attention.
Karl Brubaker June 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM
No relation....


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