Kankakee, IL – Jacob R. Bailey, 19, of Manteno, has been arrested and charged with a hate crime following an altercation at a local gas station.
Kankakee Police Department reports that the incident occurred Saturday night around 8:30 PM on the 1000 block of Jeffrey Street, starting with Bailey’s confrontation with two women. Allegedly armed with a knife, Bailey is accused of chasing the women out of the gas station’s parking lot. Bailey was originally detained by police for a brief time before being released. The situation escalated when two men intervened. According to police, Bailey attacked these men, stabbing one and biting the other while reportedly using racial slurs. The victims were able to self-transport to a medical facility for their injuries.
Bailey faces multiple charges, including aggravated battery, a hate crime, and disorderly conduct. This incident has raised serious concerns in the Kankakee community regarding racial violence and hate crimes. Bailey is being held as the investigation into the altercation continues.