An Oak Lawn man was charged with aggravated assault after police were called to the area of 88th Street and Sproat Avenue on August 19th at about 11:30 p.m.
Multiple 911 callers claimed that a neighbor, described as a fifty year old white male, had pulled out a gun. According to the callers to the 911 center, the man had threatened to shoot people.
Multiple police officers responded to the call and observed an individual, matching the description, in one of the backyards. The officers detained the subject, identified as Tomislav Radoicic.
Officers alleged that Radoicic had a gun tucked into his belt at his left hip with a magazine inserted and a round in the chamber of the pistol.
The officers then spoke with the neighbors and party guests who had made the call and interviewed each one separately. The neighbors told the police that they were at a birthday party for the mother of one of the neighbors. The birthday party had a theme of “Arabian Nights” and nearly all the attendees wore traditional and formal North African clothing such as Dashikis.
The party guests told the police that Radoicic had not been at the party but from his own yard was allegedly using racial slurs and insulting the style of dress the party goes had worn.
Three individuals claim that they were leaving the party and started to walk to a car parked in front of Radoicic’s house at 8800 S. Sproat Avenue. They claimed that Radoicic confronted the three and an argument ensued with Radoicic remaining behind a fence and the three standing on a sidewalk.
The three guests then claimed that Radoicic walked across the back of his property and retrieved a gun from the garage. The three told the police that Radoicic pointed the gun at the three and allegedly said “Which one of you wants to get shot”, and “I’ll shoot any one of you nig…..” They also claimed that Radoicic “chambered” a round.
Radoicic, who was taken into custody, told a different story to the police. He said he was grilling in his yard when he was confronted by an unknown subject after asking a different person who had parked in front of his house to move the vehicle.
Radoicic also claimed that the other individual threatened hims stating, “I’ll put a slug in you”. Radoicic claimed that he felt threatened, went into his house and retrieved the gun. He exited the home with the gun, for which he had a valid FOID card, in his waistband. He never left his property.
Due to the fact that there were different races involved, the Cook County State’s Attorney was contacted to determine if there should be “felony hate crime charges”. The State’s Attorney denied the request for hate crime charges. Radoicic, a 57 year old white male, was charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault.