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Fatal knife charges in Schaumburg dropped, but investigations continue

While Cook County State Prosecutors dropped the Schaumburg police charges of illegally using guns against a 17-year-old boy stabbing an Elgin teenager 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’s free as a bird. This is bigger than my son’s death. I want the killer to be brought to justice This has to stop. This is political. I want the law to be changed so that it doesn’t happen to anyone else. “

Schaumburg Police said officers answered an emergency call around 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 is no longer in custody, the police confirmed.

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