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Attack on Gang Member Injures Baby in McDonald's Drive-Thru: Prosecutors

 Luis Olvera, 20, and Jonathan Gonzalez, 18, were charged with aggravated battery to a child.
Luis Olvera, 20, and Jonathan Gonzalez, 18, were charged with aggravated battery to a child.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A toddler and 7-month-old baby were hurt Monday when two Little Village men attacked the boys' family minivan in a McDonald's drive-thru, prosecutors said.

Jonathan Gonzalez, 18, and Luis Olvera, 20, were targeting the kids' father, a rival gang member who was sitting in the front passenger seat, Assistant State's Attorney Erin Antonietti said in court Thursday.

According to prosecutors, Gonzalez removed two caps from a nearby fire hydrant and tossed them into the minivan's backseat — shattering the window and sending glass into the young boys' faces.

Olvera and another accomplice, who hasn't been charged, tossed rocks at the van, Antonietti said.

The attack started around noon Monday when Gonzalez and the accomplice walked up to a minivan in the McDonald's drive-thru at 2612 S. Kedzie Ave., prosecutors said. Three children — ages 7, 2 and 7 months — sat in the back, while their parents were in the front seats.

Gonzalez and the accomplice, both members of the Latin Kings, shouted "King love" and "bitch" at the young father, a rival gang member, Antonietti said. The man, 26, didn't engage because he didn't want trouble while his kids were in the car, she added.

At that point, Gonzalez walked over to a nearby fire hydrant and removed the caps, according to prosecutors.

The mom tried to drive away, shouting that she had babies in the car, Antonietti said. Gonzalez responded by saying "F--- you, b---" and tossing the caps into the minivan. Antonietti said the 2-year-old boy screamed as glass from the windows hit his face and he started to bleed.

Olvera, also a member of the Latin Kings, heard the commotion and joined the fight by tossing a rock at the van, prosecutors said.

The mom, 24, sped off and flagged down an ambulance, according to Antonietti. Her 2-year-old son was treated for multiple cuts on his face and a large bruise on his head, while the 7-month-old had cuts on his face.

Police searched the area and found Gonzalez and Olvera hiding in a nearby gangway, Antonietti said during a bond hearing Thursday.

"Hiding in a gangway now," Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas said, raising her voice, "but you went up to a car in a McDonald's drive-thru, allegedly, at noon?"

Chiampas held Gonzalez without bail and set Olvera's bail at $500,000.

Gonzalez, of the 2400 block of South Sawyer Avenue, was charged with aggravated battery to a child and criminal damage to property. He's currently on juvenile parole for robbery.

Olvera, of the 2400 block of South Troy Street, was charged with aggravated battery to a child and reckless conduct. He's currently on probation for a 2014 conviction for drugs and aggravated battery to a police officer.

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