Bond Set at $3M for Man Charged In Naperville Fatal Bar Stabbing

In determining bond, the judge said Daniel J. Olaska of Naperville is a danger to the community due to the severity of the crime.

Bond was set at $3 million Sunday morning for the Naperville man charged in the stabbing death of an elementary school teacher and the injury of two others at  early Saturday morning.

Daniel J. Olaska, 27, of the 1500 block of Fox Hill Drive, was charged Saturday afternoon with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the attack that left 24-year-old Shaun Wild dead, Lemont native Willie Hayes in serious condition at Edward Hospital, and bar bouncer Raphael Castaneda injured.

The DuPage County State's Attorney's Office had asked for bond to be set at $5 million. Through Olaska's attorney, Earl Grinbarg, the man's family had asked for bond to be set at $1 million. Meeting in the middle, Judge Neal Cerne said Olaska is a danger to the community due to the severity of the crime, and set bond at $3 million.

Olaska was present for the hearing via closed-circuit television. 

During the bond hearing, DuPage County Special Prosecutor Tim Diamond detailed some of the events of the evening that led to the stabbing.

Diamond said the men did not know each other, but that at one point Willie Hayes was sitting at a table with Olaska when Hayes said something about Olaska drinking beer out of a wine glass.

“He joked with him and Mr. Olaska took offense,” Diamond said. At that point the men stood up and Olaska took out a folding knife with a five-to-six inch blade. He stabbed Wild in the arm and Hayes in the chest.

“Wild went after him and he stabbed Wild in the chest,” Diamond said.

The bouncers attempted to get Olaska under control, but Castaneda was stabbed in the arm. 

More than 100 people were in the bar and witnessed the incident, Diamond said.

As officers attempted to aid Wild and Hayes, Diamond said Olaska tried to leave the bar again.

The entire incident was caught on security video, which shows Olaska stabbing the victims, Diamond said. 

Once in police custody, Diamond said Olaska confessed and admitted to the stabbing. He admitted using the knife he carried with him and he even demonstrated how he used the knife to officers.

“There was no reason whatsoever for this offense,” Diamond said. 

In his defense, Olaska’s attorney Earl Grinbarg said the event was an aberration in Olaska’s life. He has a master’s degree in aviation administration from Middle Tennessee State University, works at the Schaumburg Airport as an aviation manager and lives at his parents’ home.

About a dozen members of the , where Olaska attended, were at the hearing with Olaska’s parents and Grinbirg brought the members to the judge’s attention.

Grinbirg told the judge that the family could not meet a bond any higher than $1 million.

If Olaska is convicted, Diamond said he faces a minimum sentence of 32 years and a maximum of 120 years. The minimum sentence for murder is 20 years without chance for parole.

“If he posts bond the fear is he will attempt to flee the area,” Diamond said.

The judge said the sensitive nature of the crime did not warrant a lower bond.

“Because of the sheer violence of the crime I feel if he was released he would be a danger to the community,” Cerne said as he set bond at $3 million. 

Olaska’s attorney declined comment after the hearing saying “it’s a continuing investigation.” 

Olaska’s next court date is scheduled for March 5 before Judge Kathryn Creswell.


Lucy February 05, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Just terrible and disappointing. The Sun Times said that Olaska was making fun of Hayes' tight shirt. Sounds like bickering going back and forth and it has to lead to this? A 27 year old guy goes out for a night and then he's charged with murder. Another, dies. Unreal. Why can't people just walk away from silly things like this. To pull a knife out over something so minor??? Now a stand up guy is dead, over nothing. So senseless. Is it really that hard to be a nice person to others?
Lucy February 05, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Also want to add that he has an interesting quote on his facebook page about when you disarm the people you commence to offend them.......So he was very in favor of being armed, yet for all the wrong reasons.
Vincent Russell February 05, 2012 at 07:42 PM
As always, alcohol and drugs affecting people's brains lead to 85% of the crimes in the U.S.
Jim McMahon February 05, 2012 at 07:48 PM
My guess is he will get 32 years and required to do the minimum of 27 years....as long as he's a good boy. This guy will face Judge Kathryn Creswell....good luck buddy.
Vincent Russell February 05, 2012 at 07:48 PM
And, according to Facebook, he has 732 friends and the Bible is his favorite book. Unfortunately, not one of these friends was with him when he went biserk. You carry a 5" knive to a night club and you are just looking for trouble.
Ms. Single mom February 06, 2012 at 12:12 AM
According to the press conference the football player was making fun of Olaska for drinking beer out of a wine glass. Tragic all around!
Andrea Trujillo February 06, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I have compassion for everyone in this heart wrenching situation. One life is lost, one hanging on, another injured & the man who caused it all ruined his own life over a horrible decision. I will be praying for each person & their families as they deal one day at a time with how their lives have dramatically changed. I also pray that none of this goes in vain, that the Lord will make something beautiful ce from something so tragic.
Andrea Schaal February 06, 2012 at 04:07 AM
He's a monster and doesn't deserve to take up any space on this Earth.
Christy February 06, 2012 at 05:34 AM
I would definitely say you cannot blame drugs and alcohol for 85% of the crimes. You can only blame the people under its effects who make the decisions to do stupid things.
Ms. Single mom February 06, 2012 at 06:56 AM
He may have got " pissed off over a glass" for the hundredth time! He may have have always been bullied, which could have caused him to snap, I don't think this jock of a football player should be set up as a saint when according to witnesses he started it with the badgering, had he kept his big mouth shut, that very special teacher would still be alive,
Lucy February 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM
So you are blaming Hayes for Wild's death? Olaska cand dish it out but he can't take it. He too was making fun of Hayes' shirt for being too tight. Why did he have to retaliate? I don't care if he WAS bullied ever day of his life. Murder is 100% wrong. There is no excuse for stabbing an innocent human being who was only trying to help. Wild got Olaska and Hayes to shake hands, the made a truce. Then Olaska decided to pull out his knife. That is beyond normal. Anyway, it IS silly to mock someone or pick a fight, but for it to lead to murder is ridiculous. Hayes may have a big mouth but I would rather be known for that than being a murderer.
Lucy February 06, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I apologize for my spelling errors, I was typing too fast.
Tom Selleck February 06, 2012 at 03:59 PM
What the heck is this guy or anyone doing bringing a knife to a bar! So what if there were words exchanged, you don't stab someone over It! What happened to the old days, where fist settled a dispute! Murder is murder regardless of ones background! You do the crime you pay the ultimate price! This guy should have walked up to a bouncer and report that there was a problem!
mike February 06, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I love how everyone is Monday morning quarterback. Who care!!! Many lives will be affected by this event. Hayes probably was bullying Olaska at first about the wine glass, Olaska then made fun of his shirt, Hayes didn't like it because he was shown up in front in front of his friends by what looks like a little guy (Olaska). It escalated from there. However a knife at a bar is no excuse. And murder is unacceptable. I would assume he will use the self defense motion in the case. The media will make the story what ever they want it to be. If Olaska was smart he would have left. If Olaska would have went home and killed himself because he was bullied and wrote a note, then Hayes would be the bad person in this case. And the heading would be Bully won't bully anymore. Either way its a sad story for everyone.
Tom Selleck February 06, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Stabbing a self defense for an argument or bullying doesn't do it for me!
MomTo3 February 06, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The bickering back and forth both in this forum as well as last Friday night at that bar are completely irrelevant. What really matters is the way my 2nd grader's heart nearly broke in two this morning when she had to walk into her school knowing the sadness that awaited her and her friends today. You cannot imagine that heartache. There are no words to explain something so senseless to a 7 year old.
Amanda Luevano (Editor) February 06, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about your children. We'll keep you and your family in our thoughts during this difficult time. Amanda Luevano Editor, Lemont Patch
NCCkid February 06, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Your lack of knowledge really upsets me. The way you talk about MY friends is disgusting. Yes, that's right. Hayes and Wild have many friends and you have the nerve to start posting these snotty comments on articles you know darn well are being read by those who love these kids. You should be more respectful of what you say. What in the world does it say that makes you think Hayes is being set up to look like a saint? You must have been there, right? I highly doubt you were, ma'am! Everyone, including Hayes, knows what outcome came of his and Olaska actions. I think it is time for YOU to keep your "big mouth shut" (as you like to say). These stories are all so jumbled with "he said, she said". We will hear the final story soon. Until then don't crack down on my friends and call them disrespectful names such as "a jock of a football player."
Sherry February 07, 2012 at 03:36 AM
This whole tragedy could have been avoided, 1) should have never been a knife present, 2) most of us as kids were taught to walk away from people that may be a problem . I do commend Shaun for stepping in a situation to help, never thinking that it would end his life. Just a shame. Everyone's families lose. RIP Shaun....
Mark K February 08, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Nice post, I agree completely certainly sounds like Wild tried to step in and was doing the right thing (tragic he had to die) but to me sounds like classic case of a jock type personality being a jerk...
Mary Manthe Krause February 10, 2012 at 03:58 AM
So senseless. So sad. My hearty breaks for the Wild and Olaska families and all others that were involved. May God be with them all.
Fact Monger February 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM
>Ms. Single mom . . . seems you need some fact in your life please read . . . http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/daniel-olaska-bond-naperville-bar-stabbing-139074819.html Cronologically Olaska was looking for conflict before anything even start with Hayes and Wild. Do us all a favor and put your baseless stereo type inference of "jock and bully" back in your pocket for when it applies, as it clearly does not fit these young men who ended up in the path of an armed unstable coward.
Hopalong March 06, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Does anyone on here that made a comment know for 100% accuracy what happened? Wild is gone, Olaska is in jail. Other than that it's all opinion. We have a court system for a reason. Conjecture, and feelings are what escalate situations into getting out of hand. Every thing about this is tragic. Period.
Rotty Angel March 21, 2014 at 09:36 PM
Two years later and this still has not gone to trial....


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