Carpentersville man accused of making bomb threats to Kane courts
From Staff Reports September 26, 2013 8:50PM
Akiel W. Davis
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:40AM
A Carpentersville man has been charged with making threats against Kane County court facilities in early September, authorities announced Thursday.
Akiel W. Davis, 21, of the 100 block of Adobe Circle, was charged with three counts of disorderly conduct — two of the counts are Class 3 felonies and one count is a Class 4 felony.
According to the charging documents and law enforcement authorities, on the morning of Sept. 4, Davis called 911 and falsely stated that four bombs were concealed at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles Township. He also is accused of calling the Office of the Kane County Circuit Court Clerk that morning and stating that many people in Kane County would die. No bombs were found during an extensive search of the court facilities.
Davis appeared Thursday morning in Kane County bond court. Associate Judge Christine Downs set his bail at $100,000 on the charges and set his next court appearance for Oct. 3. He remains in custody at the Kane County jail in lieu of bail.
Authorities declined to say what the motive for the threats might have been.
But court records show Davis currently is on probation in connection to a 2012 aggravated battery conviction for striking a man in the head with a bottle during an incident in Elgin. He originally was charged with home invasion in the case. Prosecutors have twice filed probation violations against him, the second time coming after his arrest in March on burglary and theft charges. He is accused of stealing two lawn mower racks from a rural St. Charles garage.
Davis was supposed to appear in court on both cases on July 19 but did not appear, according to court records. He was ordered to appear on Sept. 4, the day of the threats, before Judge Susan Clancy Boles with “written proof of hospitalization” on that court date.
Records show he failed to appear on Sept. 4 and that a warrant was issued for him.
Prosecutors also have also charged him with possession of a stolen motor vehicle in Elgin in August. Details on that case were not included in court records.
According to reports, a caller who phoned in a bomb threat to the Kane County Circuit Clerk’s Office at 9:40 a.m. Sept. 4 said in the voicemail message, “A lot of people are going to die today in Kane County.”
And moments after that call came in, another call — indicating four bombs had been placed in a courthouse — was phoned in to the QuadCom 911 Center in Carpentersville.
Due to the unspecific nature of the threats, Sheriff Pat Perez said, authorities evacuated and searched the Kane County Judicial Center on Route 38 near St. Charles, the Kane County Circuit Clerk and Kane County Branch Court in the same building on Randall Road in St. Charles, and the Elgin Branch Court inside city hall on Dexter Court.
Other courtrooms — including the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva, the Carpentersville Branch courtroom in Carpentersville Village Hall, and the Aurora Branch courtroom — also were searched, Perez said. Officers went in a grid, floor by floor, checking every bathroom, courtroom and judge’s chamber.
Officials noted that about two years ago, a bomb threat was made by a mother whose son was on probation. She knew her son would have a positive drug test, so she called in the threat in an attempt to thwart the test, Perez said.
That never works, said Lt. Pat Gengler, public information officer for the sheriff’s office. “Once we find out why they did this today … we will still do our court work, and it will just make you in more trouble” with the law, Gengler said at the time.