While Cook County State Prosecutors dropped charges by the Schaumburg Police Department of illicit gun use against a 17-year-old boy stabbing a teenager in Elgin last week, both authorities say the case is not closed.
“The police … have brought charges of misdemeanor that were later dismissed because of insufficient evidence,” the prosecutor said in a statement. “We have been notified that the Schaumburg Police Department has received additional information related to the death of Manuel Porties Jr. The CCSAO continues to assist the police in further investigations into this matter as we carry out the work of justice for all in our communities.”
Schaumburg Police Chief Bill Wolf confirmed that his department was ready to provide further information as soon as possible and reiterated his position that charges of murder are appropriate.
Nevertheless, the father of the 18-year-old victim was outraged when he learned on Friday that the only charges against the youngster suspected of knife handling had been dropped without being informed through the official channels.
Manuel Porties Sr. has filed stronger charges than the dropped gun offense charges. He said Friday that he suspected the boy, who was videotaped by a bystander stabbing his son during a September 28 brawl, was under some form of house arrest.
“We need to know,” said Porties Sr. “You should have called me and told me this guy is free as a bird.
“This is bigger than the death of my son. I want the killer to be brought to justice. That has to stop. It’s political. I want the law to be changed so that nothing like this happens to anyone else. “
Schaumburg Police said officers responded to an emergency call at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28 about two people fighting on the 600 block on Sturnbridge Lane. They arrived and discovered that Porties Jr. suffered from multiple stab wounds. At that point, the other teenager had fled, police said.
Officers and paramedics carried out life-saving measures on the scene, but Porties Jr. died of his injuries at the Amita Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center in the village of Elk Grove.
The suspect had already been found the next morning when the police announced that he was in custody and the public prosecutor was investigating the facts of the Schaumburg investigation.
The youth was quickly released from custody, police confirmed.