Alleged Noose Attack Draws Hate Crime Charges

White teens allegedly put a noose around the neck of a black youth and held him captive at a southwest side home

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012  |  Updated 5:34 PM CDT
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Alleged Noose Attack Draws Hate Crime Charges

Matthew Herrmann was charged as an adult last month.

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Two white teens who allegedly put a noose around the neck of a black youth and held him captive at a southwest side home made their first appearance in juvenile court Thursday morning, charged with a hate crime.

A 17-year-old boy -- a former student of Brother Rice High School who was expelled after the incident was publicized last month; and a 16-year-old Morgan Park High School student appeared before Judge Colleen Sheehan.

The eldest, Matthew Herrmann, of the 4200 block of West 126th Street, in Alsip, was charged last month as an adult with a hate crime, unlawful restraint and misdemeanor battery, police said.

The attack reportedly occurred Dec. 23 at one of the teen's home, on the 1600 block of West 100th Place, in the south side East Beverly neighborhood. The teen was eventually able to escape and was reportedly developing a relationship with a cousin of one of the attackers.

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