FOX RIVER GROVE – A 26-year-old Fox River Grove man was charged with a hate crime after throwing a beer at a gas station clerk and telling him to leave the country, police said.
Jason P. Bachler, of the 100 block of Beachway Drive, was arrested Oct. 30 after throwing a beer can at the clerk’s chest after the employee asked him to pay for the drink, Fox River Grove Police Chief Eric Waitrovich said Monday.
According to a complaint filed in McHenry County court, Bachler asked the man, “Are you an American or something?”
When the clerk replied “no,” Bachler threw the can and told the employee to “get out of my [omitted] country,” the complaint states.
Bachler is charged with battery and committing a hate crime. If Bachler is convicted of committing a hate crime, he could receive a one- to three-year prison sentence, charging documents show.
Bachler posted $1,000 bond Nov. 1 and was released from the McHenry County Jail.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 5.