A 17-year-old man from central Naperville has been sentenced to jail and placed on probation, for shooting a friend with a BB gun over the Fourth of July weekend in a city park.
Alexander C. Iwerebon lives on the 1400 block of Swallow Street, in the Maplebrook area of Naperville. He was jailed following the incident in Fredenhagen Park, in which he claimed a friend attacked him with a baseball bat.
He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aggravated battery in a public place. DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Kathryn E. Creswell on Monday accepted the plea, sentencing him to 24 days in jail and placing him on two years of probation, according to court records.
Iwerebon spent 24 days in jail following his arrest, and thus has completed that term and been released. Court records showed companion charges that included another count of aggravated battery in a public place, as well as charges of aggravated battery using a deadly weapon and possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana, were dismissed in exchange for his plea.
Naperville police arrested Iwerebon about 12:51 a.m. July 5 in the park, which sits along the north bank of the DuPage River and just south of the city’s downtown area.
Police Sgt. Bill Davis said officers on bicycles were sent to the park, following a report of a fight in progress there. Iwerebon was walking away from the area and “appeared to have been in an altercation,” Davis wrote in an email.
Iwerebon told police “he was attacked and hit with a baseball bat” by one of three friends who had been in the park with him, Davis said. Iwerebon claimed he had been arguing with one of his friends prior to the attack.
Davis said Iwerebon told police he “was able to get away from the (friend) and pulled out a BB gun and shot him with it.” Police found the friend and discovered “marks on his body consistent with being shot with a BB gun,” Davis said.
The friend did not require hospitalization or other medical treatment. Davis said police found the BB gun hidden in the park’s bushes.
It was at least the third run-in with the law Iwerebon has had since last winter. Court records indicated he was placed on supervision in January, after being found guilty of a December battery in Woodridge, and was ordered in April to perform 20 hours of community service work, after being convicted of a March charge of disorderly conduct in that village.