The Cook County State’s Attorney has rejected felony hate crime charges in a dispute between two residents of an apartment complex at 11021 s. Keating Avenue in Oak Lawn.
One of the residents, David Lawryn, called the police to complain that another resident was parked in the rear of the building without a village sticker. A community service officer arrived on the scene and the owner of the car came out of the building to ask what the officer needed.
As the car owner was talking with the village community service officer, Lawryn allegedly stepped out onto his balcony and began yelling profanities at the car owner. Lawryn is also accused of throwing a wine glass down at the car owner.
When the wine glass came flying down, the community officer told police officers that she radioed to dispatch requesting police assistance. She had to make a second request as she claimed that she soon saw Lawryn exiting the building with a baseball bat in his hand walking toward the car owner and the community service officer.
Two Oak Lawn detectives responded to the call and reported that they observed Lawryn holding a baseball bat in his hand raised above his head and walking toward the car owner and community service officer.
The detectives stated that they immediately ordered Lawryn to drop the baseball bat. Lawryn reportedly dropped the bat and did not have any other weapons on him according to the police.
When he exited the building, Lawryn allegedly was yelling “obscenities” and according to the car owner was calling him a “wetback”, “a brown”, and stating that he should “go back to Mexico”. The car owner also claimed that Lawryn had threatened him and allegedly told him that he had friends that would make him go away and never be seen again. The car owner claimed that he was in fear that Lawryn would hit him and he believed that Lawryn was targeting him due to the fact he is Hispanic.
Lawryn allegedly told the police that he has ongoing issues with the car owner, who he said parks his car incorrectly and didn’t have a village vehicle sticker. The victim’s wife claimed that she heard shouting and came out of the apartment onto their balcony. She claimed that she also heard the slurs and then began recording the conversation on her phone.
All of the parties were interviewed at the direction of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Lawryn, a 56 year old white male, was arrested and the State’s Attorney rejected a felony hate crime charge. Instead, Lawryn was charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault.