A Zion man is facing felony charges after he allegedly attacked two juveniles, leaving one of them with serious injuries, at a gas station in Round Lake Beach.
Wade J. Carlson, 39, of Zion, was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery in a public place.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred on June 15 at Thorntons, 180 East Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Emma Smoler said two juveniles entered the gas station convenience store.
Carlson and a woman, whom he was with, allegedly began shouting at the two juveniles.
Smoler said that Carlson entered the store and came up from behind the two victims before smacking the female juvenile.
Carlson then began attacking the other juvenile, who suffered “disfigurement” in the chest and torso, Smoler said.
One of the victims positively identified Carlson in a photo lineup.
The incident was captured on Thorntons’ surveillance video. The motive for the incident was unclear.
An arrest warrant was issued for Carlson in July and he was taken into custody on the warrant last week, court records show.
A public defender representing Carlson said his client’s criminal record generally stems from alcohol addiction.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Carlson held on a $150,000, which was set on the arrest warrant.
Carlson remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $15,000 cash in order to be released.
An arraignment hearing is scheduled for January 19.