Three Illinois teen boys were arrested in connection with the beating of an 87-year-old man at an Elgin golf course in broad daylight Saturday morning.
The teens, two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old, were charged as juveniles.
The man was getting ready to leave suburban Wing Park around 7:30 a.m., when the boys allegedly attacked him from behind.
"He then tried to enter his car and get away from them and was attacked further, being struck by the golf clubs that they had apparently taken from his trunk," said Commander Dan O'Shea, Elgin Police Department.
He was hit in the head and face with his own golf clubs before he was able to drive away.
Shortly thereafter officers on patrol spotted the trio a few blocks away from the park and they were taken into custody. The teens were charged with armed robbery, robbery and aggravated battery. They are being held at Kane County Juvenile Detention Center and are expected to appear at a hearing on Monday.
The elderly man was not seriously injured.
“The investigators went out and spoke with him to follow up with him and he is doing as well as can be expected. He was treated and released at the scene yesterday. He was not transported to the hospital,” O’Shea told CBS Chicago.
Area residents were shocked by the nature of the crime.
"We have the freedom of these places that are free to come to and play ball, and run with your kids in the park and go to the swimming pool and now you have to worry," area resident Kim Lofendo told WLS-TV.
"It's a shame. I think it was random," said Elgin resident Stefani Korabik.
Police continue to patrol the park to restore faith in the safety of the area.
"You have to be aware of your surroundings and you have to know what's going on around you, and be smart, but no, not be afraid," Elgin resident Barb Harrington.