An Illinois man called to a residence by his girlfriend after her ex-boyfriend showed up was accused of attempted murder, police said.
Noah Raices, 23, was freed on his own recognizance after he was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with a shooting in Urbana, WCCU reported.
“I’m taking a chance. I think I have a read here, but if you prove me wrong, it’s going to go really, really bad here,” Champaign County Judge Brett Olmstead told Raices during a hearing earlier this year, according to The News-Gazette.
“Mr. Raices looks like he got the crap kicked out of him,” said the judge, who set Raices’bond at $500,000 but allowed his release. “Something about this factual basis stinks to high heaven.”
According to the station, the victim showed up at his former girlfriend's door at the Town & Country apartment complex and she called her current boyfriend, Raice.
Police said Raice was armed when he confronted the 27-year-old man around 1:15 a.m.
Raice suffered lacerations to his face and a broken nose after he and the man scuffled over the firearm, according to Urbana police Sgt. Dave Roesch.
“There was a period of time where it appeared there was just a fight. After Raices received his injuries, the gun likely ended up on the ground and then Raices picked up the gun and fired another time, striking the victim in the chest,” Roesch said.
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The woman’s injured ex-boyfriend was able to identify Raice as the shooter, the officer noted.
Following the shooting, investigators believe Raice fled the scene in a car with his mother, who allegedly was behind the wheel.
“Our initial belief was that she knew enough to drive her son over there to confront someone,” Roesch said, according to The News-Gazette.
The victim was being treated for his gunshot wound at Carle Foundation Hospital.
“He’s lucky to be alive,” Roesch said.
Raice faced up to life in prison if found guilty of the attempted murder charge against him as well as an additional six to 30 years for a conviction on the aggravated battery with a firearm charge.
The suspect’s mother has not been charged with any wrongdoing in connection with the incident.
Officials have not released further information about the case.
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