Home invasion and anti-immigrant hate crime charges filed against Uptown man accused of breaking into neighbors’ home

CHICAGO — An Uptown man is charged with multiple counts of home invasion and hate crimes after, according to prosecutors, he forced his way into his neighbor’s apartment, attacking a woman who lives there and causing her 6-month-old son to fall down a flight of stairs.

It started after a 27-year-old man returned home from work to the 1200 block of West Sunnyside around 4 a.m. on February 17 and entered the apartment he shares with his wife, two young sons, and his sister. All of his family members were sleeping at the time, Assistant State’s Attorney William Lacy said during a detention hearing, according to a transcript of the proceedings.

Before long, another resident of the complex, 39-year-old John Talbott, began banging on the family’s door, yelling “mother f**cker Spanish” and shouting that “you immigrants” were being too loud, Lacy alleged.

The man, his wife, and two kids made their way to the back of their apartment as the man’s sister locked herself inside her bedroom. Talbott eventually broke through the door, shattering the hinge, and moved toward the family, Lacy said. 

John Talbott (Chicago Police Department)

The man and his 5-year-old son exited the back door and moved down to the second floor. But his wife, holding the 6-month-old, was a few steps behind.

Lacy said Talbott grabbed her by the hair and punched her in the face, causing her to drop her infant. The child fell down a flight of stairs from the third floor to the second floor, Lacy stated. The woman fell down the stairs, too, according to the allegations. A neighbor on the second floor allowed them to take shelter inside their unit, Lacy said.

The 6-month-old was bleeding from the nose when his father picked him up, and he suffered bruises to his face. The boy’s mother suffered swelling and bruising on her face and a cut on her lip, Lacy said. Both were treated at a nearby hospital.

Lacy asked Judge William Fahy to keep Talbott in jail “given the defendant’s speech towards immigrants, which is what the victim and his family are.”

Talbott’s defense attorney, Tressa Palcheck, argued against detention, citing Talbott’s complete lack of criminal background. She said he is raising a daughter and has worked as a flight dispatcher for a major airline for over a decade.

Fahy agreed that electronic monitoring with a GPS device would be sufficient. He also ordered Talbott to avoid all contact with the victims, witnesses, and their homes.

Talbott is charged with three counts of home invasion causing injury, three counts of hate crime, and three counts of criminal trespass to a residence knowing people are present.

This story is made possible by contributions to the Cook County Courtroom Transparency Fund.

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