The hate crime designation was dropped November 12, 2017.
Four suspects, all African-American, were arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery, and hate crime. Two were 18-year-old males, Jordan Hill and Tesfaye Cooper, and one was Brittany Covington, an 18-year-old female and her sister Tanishia Covington, a 24-year-old female.
On February 10, 2017, all four suspects pleaded not guilty at their arraignment. On May 16, 2017, a judge set bail for the four individuals: $900,000 for Hill; $800,000 for Cooper; $500,000 for Brittany Covington; and $200,000 for Tanishia Covington. None of the four defendants were able to post bail.As of 12 November 2017, the four suspects’ charges were reported by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office not to be hate crimes but aggravated kidnapping and ransom instead.
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