Chicago Man Charged with Hate Crime for Allegedly Attacking Man Hired to Maintain Foreclosed Home

Tinley Park man charged with hate crime for alleged attack

Police say victim had been hired by a bank to maintain a neighbor’s foreclosed home and was attacked while at house

A Tinley Park man was charged with a felony hate crime for allegedly attacking a man who had been hired by a bank to maintain a neighbor’s foreclosed home earlier this month.

Joseph Berndt, 47, allegedly shouted racial slurs at the 51-year-old African-American man as he was working outside a house in the 6200 block of West 179th Street, then threw a beer can and a brick at the man, chased him through the yard while brandishing a pipe and attempted to strangle him, prosecutors said.

The victim said Berndt approached him as he was checking the gas and electric meters at the house, which he had been hired to maintain and had visited several times during the week prior, according to a Tinley Park Police report on the Sept. 1 incident.

“Hey, what are you doing? You are probably breaking in you (expletive),” Berndt said, the report states.

The victim explained he had permission to be at the house, and resumed working in the yard. Berndt left his house, which was adjacent to the foreclosed home, threw a beer can at the man and said “I’m gonna kill your (expletive),” the report states. The man ran behind a fence, but said Berndt threw a “large landscaping brick at him.”

Berndt than allegedly began swinging a large pipe at the victim, who took off running through the yard. When the man slipped and fell, Berndt allegedly jumped on his back and placed his hands around the man’s throat, repeating “I’m gonna kill your (expletive),” the report states. After a struggle, the man was able to free himself and again ran from Berndt, who spent a few minutes catching his breath and returned home.

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3 Responses to “Chicago Man Charged with Hate Crime for Allegedly Attacking Man Hired to Maintain Foreclosed Home”
  1. Bobbi Swann says:

    I don’t believe a single word in the police report! Like the brother said (along with the witness) it will all come out. Police are as corrupt as the banksters.

  2. Jason Werner says:

    Is anybody asking the questions, “How often did the alleged victim maintain the house? How much was the person paid? How many other home does the alleged victim maintain?”

  3. stripes says:

    That happened in my neighboring suburb..? These jerks are aggravating the people and the people are finally waking up to that fact….and the truth is …..this is a national bankster hostage situation..THESE JERKS ARE IMPOSTERS! FOR EXAMPLE….M y sister lives up north and the crooks at CHASE, (who are holding her home hostage with no docs)…keep sending some realtor jerk to her house to aggravate her. He told her that her house has already been sold to a “maintenance company” even though CHASE agreed to modify her “loan.” This is all going to explode if these creeps keep aggravating and terrorizing the American people. Like how FM keeps sending jerks to my house to take pics and see if anyone lives here… of these bank rats had a verbal altercation with my teenage daughter right in front of my house. She threatened my daughter with bodily harm..! They haven’t been back since….we are ready for them.

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