LOMBARD, Ill. — A man from Lombard is facing hate crime charges for allegedly verbally abusing and threatening to shoot two Muslim men.
According to police, 46-year-old Larry York is facing two felony counts of hate crime.
Court documents state that one of the victims arrived at an apartment complex near Finely Road and Roosevelt Road to meet a friend when York approached his vehicle and asked him what he was doing there.
York allegedly began swearing at the victim and telling him he did not belong in this country and to leave.
Police said York allegedly punched the man’s car window then walked to the lobby when then the second victim exited the elevator.
It is alleged that York began to swear at the second victim and threatened to beat him. While one of the victims was sitting outside on the bench, York lifted the opposite end of the bench causing the man to fall on the ground.
It is further alleged that York told the two Muslim men he called four of his friends to shoot them.
During the incident, police said York threatened the men by saying “F**k you f***ing Muslim motherf******s. This is America. Get the f*** out of here. I’ll shoot you, motherf******s, get out of here.”
York was taken into custody the following day and was charged. A judge denied him pre-trial release and he is due back in court on Nov. 2.
After he was arrested at a bar, court records state he made statements to investigators about Muslims and Arabs.
Many residents of the apartment complex said they feel uneasy about what happened.
One resident, who didn’t want to be identified, said a number of Muslim families call the complex home and they just want to feel safe at night.
“It was kind of disturbing, to be honest, to see that,” the resident said. “It’s just non-human. People who live here, we’re just all humans in the end. We just don’t want that to be honest.”
CAIR-Chicago thanked law enforcement in a statement for apprehending and charging the suspect in what they called a disturbing incident.
“CAIR-Chicago has been inundated with hate incidents not seen since 9-11,” the statement read. “There is widespread palpable apprehension in the community.”