Suspect Blamed For Anti-Islamic Graffiti, Charged With Hate Crime

September 20, 2018 - 5:55 pm

JOLIET (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – A 26-year-old Homer Glen man has been charged with several felonies, including a hate crime, following the recent discovery of an obscene graffiti message outside the home of a Muslim family.

Will County authorities were investigating the Sept. 17 incident, in which an anti-Islamic message was spray-painted on the family’s sidewalk and a vehicle was defaced with the paint. The vandalism occurred in the 13000 block of West Sparrow Court in Homer Glen.

The homeowner said she had no idea who would have done it. The next day, sheriff’s deputies were called to the property over someone causing a disturbance. Nearby, they found Patrick J. Goshorn Jr., who refused to answer any questions.

Goshorn allegedly had been acting aggressive at the Sparrow Court residence, authorities said.

On Thursday, deputies conducted a consent search at Goshorn's residence and found a can of “leather brown” spray paint in an attached garage.

Goshorn was charged with felony criminal damage to property. Will County prosecutors announced plans to add charges against him, including one count of a hate crime, the Will County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Bond was set at $100,000. If Goshorn bonds out, he will be under electronic monitoring and must stay away from the victim’s property.