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Police: Man fired racial slurs — and BBs — at gas station

Updated: June 5, 2012 4:38PM

A Kendall County man is facing hate crime and aggravated battery charges after he fired racial slurs — and BBs — at a southwest suburban gas station customer.

Crest Hill Police Deputy Chief Ed Clark said shortly after midnight Sunday Nicholas G. Tsantrizos, 22, of far southwest suburban Newark began arguing with another customer at Speedway, 2420 Plainfield Road.

Tsantrizos, who was with two friends, used profanity and racial slurs toward a black man in his 50s at the business. The confrontation escalated when they went outside into the parking lot and Tsantrizos fired some rounds from a BB gun, Clark said.

No one was injured, but a gas pump was damaged and a window in the station was shattered.

An employee called 911 and gave a description of Tsantrizos’ car, which was stopped nearby by officers, Clark said. A BB gun was found inside, he said.

In addition to a hate crime and aggravated batter, Tsantrizos was charged with vandalism and disorderly conduct. He was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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