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Joliet mother, son charged in mob attack that left 1 shot

JOLIET – A Joliet teenager and his mother were arrested early Wednesday just hours after allegedly taking part in a mob attack on the city's South Side in which one of them fired a gun at a 31-year-old man.

The incident happened in the 400 block of Sehring Drive in Joliet.

Brian M. Michalek, 19, of the 400 block of North Hickory Street, was arrested during a traffic stop after the incident and was brought in for questioning. Michalek is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

His mother, Josephine D. Michalek, 45, was also picked up by the Will County Sheriff's Office on charges of felony mob action, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct for brandishing a crowbar-type object for her alleged part in the incident.

She was scheduled to appear in bond court Thursday.

Brian Michalek's bond was set at $500,000, of which 10 percent is needed for him to post bail.

Multiple witnesses at the scene were able to provide Will County sheriff's detectives with information, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Witnesses said they saw a pickup truck and a dark-colored minivan pulled up on the street, and several people exited the vehicles with bats, steel pipes and bricks. One had a handgun, they said.

People at the scene ran for cover as several shots were fired. The 31-year-old victim was struck by a bullet in the wrist, according to the release. The victim was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

The incident appears to be related to an event occurring earlier in the day between two women from different families, according to the Sheriff's Office.

This case remains an open and active investigation.

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