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Fox River Grove man charged with hate crime, battery, after throwing beer can at clerk

A 26-year-old Fox River Grove man was arrested after he allegedly threw a beer can at a gas station clerk and told him to get out of the country, police said.

Jason P. Bachler, of the 100 block of Beachway Drive in Fox River Grove, was arrested on October 30 and charged with committing a hate crime and battery.

According to the Northwest Herald, Fox River Grove Police Chief Eric Waitrovich said on Monday that Bachler was arrested after he allegedly threw a beer can at a gas station clerk’s chest after the employee asked him to pay for the drink.

Court records show that Bachler asked the clerk, “Are you an American or something?”

The clerk replied, “No,” and Bachler threw the can at the clerk’s chest. He then told the employee to “get out of my [omitted] country,” the Northwest Herald reported.

If Bachler is convicted of committing a hate crime, he could face one to three years in prison, according to court records.

Bachler was released from the McHenry County Jail two days later on November 1 after posting a $1,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court next on January 5.


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