CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- Police officers arrested two men on charges of committing a hate crime and of battering members of a family seated at McHugh's Double Drive Thru on Saturday.
A Charleston Police Department press release, issued on Monday, reported that Charleston and Eastern Illinois University police department officers responded at 7:23 p.m. Saturday to a fight in progress call in the McHugh's parking lot, 4 Lincoln Ave. The investigation into this incident resulted in the arrest of Jacob J. Nicely, 25, and Steven M. Page, 25, both of Mokena.
Victims and witnesses stated that both Nicely and Page approached the family sitting at McHugh's and began to yell obscenities and racial slurs at them. Witnesses stated that the attack on the family appeared to be unprovoked.
Nicely and Page were allegedly seen battering at least two of the family members before leaving the scene. Both Nicely and Page were located by officers and subsequently arrested for felony charges of aggravated battery, hate crime, and three additional misdemeanor crimes. Nicely and Page were placed in the Coles County jail, pending a court appearance.