Man Charged with Murder After Attack at Naperville Bar

Shaun Wild, a teacher at Spring Brook Elementary School, died of injuries sustained during a stabbing Saturday morning. A former Lemont High School student who now attends North Central College was also seriously injured in the incident.

A Naperville man has been charged in the stabbing death of an elementary school teacher and the injury of two others at a local bar Saturday morning, authorities said.

Daniel J. Olaska, 27, of the 1500 block of Fox Hill Drive, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the attack that left 24-year-old Shaun Wild dead and two others seriously injured, said DuPage County State's Attorney's Office Spokesman Paul Darrah.

Olaska is scheduled to appear in DuPage County Court for a bond hearing Sunday morning, Darrah said. Further details are expected to be released during a press conference at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Wild, a alumnus and first-year teacher at  in , died after a stabbing in the early morning hours Saturday at . Police confirm Wild died as a result of the injuries he received.

Willie Hayes, a Lemont native and current student at North Central College, was also injured in the incident. He underwent surgery and is in serious condition at , a nurse on duty confirmed.

A third person, identified as one of the bar's bouncers, was treated and released from Edward Hospital, according to Naperville Police Sgt. Gregg Bell.

said paramedics and officers responded to the bar shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday for a report of a person having been stabbed. Paramedics found three people with stab wounds, all of which were taken to Edward Hospital.

While on the scene, police identified a suspect in the incident and took that person into custody, Bell said. 

A native of Brown Deer, WI, Wild graduated from North Central College in 2011. He was a punter on the football team and attended the college for three years, said Clark Teuscher, director of sports information at North Central College.

Hayes is from Lemont and a current student at the college, Teuscher said. Hayes is a defensive end on the North Central football team. Tony Hamilton, director of school and community relations for , said Hayes graduated in 2008 and was a standout football player, and part of Lemont's 2007 state runner-up squad.

North Central College said counselors are available to the campus community Saturday in the Dyson Wellness Center. Campus ministry staff is available in Kiekhofer Hall. Members of the Residence Life staff are available in residence halls as well. Members of the campus community plan to hold a service at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Harold and Eva White Activities Center "to support each other and pray for Shaun’s family and friends and Willie’s speedy recovery."

Police are continuing to investigate the incident. Naperville police ask that anyone with information call the department's Investigations Section at 630-420-6726, or the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 630-420-6006.

This is the second in less than a year. In March, a 31-year-old Lombard man was charged after police said he stabbed a bouncer at .


NCCkid February 07, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Did it ever occur to you to stop being so biased and read other articles? I am a friend to those victims and from what I heard Olaska made a remark about Willie wearing a tight shirt. Who gives a crap?! They are just words. Laugh it off and walk away. Both sides could have done that. What really ticks me off is the fact that you refer to Willie as a bully and you say he deserved what he got. Well the outcome is one of my friends died. Are you saying anyone is deserving of this Donald? I am tired of this! Amanda Luevano hits the nail on the head with this one. Lets lay this topic to rest. I am only a friend to the victims and I cry my eyes out reading these comments. Please stop. Do you not care about his family or his students? If only we knew how they felt. If any of you negative people had half the character that Shaun or Willie have you would let this conversation go and have some respect for all those effected.
Chris February 07, 2012 at 11:12 AM
I agree. I feel so bad for Shaun and his family. He was so young and just starting out his life. My question is this: Why do you think Olaska was carrying a knife? I understand many men carry little pocket knifes, but a 5" knife? WHY??!! Naperville is not a high crime area.
The Sentinel February 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I used to carry a pocket knife just because my dad always had one and they came in handy now and then. Pretty much just a habit. A few were longer knives (not quite 5 inches) but as the years went by, my knives became a lot smaller. My current knife has a 2-in. blade BUT I haven't carried it or any other knife for at least ten years. I don't know why he had a 5-in. knife but I'd think if it had been smaller, he likely wouldn't have thought of using it as a weapon. Maybe. This whole thing is disturbing and horrible and , if ANYTHING good comes of it, I'm hoping it's a city mandate for much closer security at drinking establishments in Naperville. Metal detectors, frisks/pat downs, etc. If anything thinks those infringe on their peronal rights, fine. They can go somewhere else to drink.
TPWS February 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Hey...by the way, I wrote the wrong name on the original message that you replied to. I agree wholeheartedly with just about everything you said. I meant to direct it to the other guy. Sorry!
The Sentinel February 07, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Errata: "If anyONE...", not "anything". Sheesh.
Rose Brown February 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I think the only thing that can be agreed upon is that all three men made bad decisions that night. Personally I feel that if you provoke someone you are asking for trouble (especially in a bar)and you are asking to be hurt. (although stabbing might be a bit much). However it's not clear who started and what else was said. From what I read in another article the other man was only stabbed AFTER he tried to stop Dan from leaving. Dumb decision number 3 (the 2nd being Dan overreacting to being bullied). Drinking seems to make people do stupid things no matter how good or not of a person they are normally. If it had been reversed and Dan had been the one stabbed, people would have been saying the exact same things they are saying about Wild/Wille . Just to let ya'll know. I don't remember for sure but if I remember correctly the knife(and if it was that knife) was a present from someone ,or it was special in someway (hence him carrying around , more than just to bar) or it's possibly because he was an Eagle scout and the whole "being prepared for anything"( in terms of using it as a tool). So basically I think it was three good guys that just got into an unfortunate situation because of drinking.
NCCkid February 07, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Rose...how in the world can you question the heroic actions of Shaun Wild? He tried to stop a potential murderer from walking out the door. In no way did Shaun do anything wrong. He tried to make light of a situation that was going down hill. Sounds to me like an excellent human being. Not a kid who made a "dumb decision". I am really getting sick of the people who think they know it all on this discussion board and have no respect for a great kid. Do you understand that a lot of people care for these kids and to see them being talked down on here is pure disgust.
Nick Beam February 07, 2012 at 05:57 PM
"innocent until proven guilty" Um, read the article, he confessed. Need more proof?
Jim Smith February 07, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Do you think the act was premeditated? IMNHO, the death penalty should be reserved for: 1) Solicitation of or commission of murder for hire; 2) Murder of a law enforcement officer, prison guard, or elected or public official; 3) Murder involving sexual attack; 4) Murder of a child; 5) Multiple murders; 6) Murder combined with another felony such as drug dealing, extortion, torture, kidnapping, etc..
The Sentinel February 07, 2012 at 08:02 PM
While I'd love for Illinois to reinatate the death penalty, I doubt that this situation qualifies as premeditated murder so no, this guy wouldn't qualify for it...unfortunately. Personally, I still believe if you take a life, you should be prepared to lose yours. This guy made a conscious decision to pull out a knife and stab someone and I wish this constiuted "premeditated". But that's my opinion, no one else's. personally, i
Holly Higgins February 08, 2012 at 12:18 AM
This story is so tragic. So many lives forever changed and one bright, loving and heroic young man dead at 24.My heart aches for the families of these young men, especially Shaun Wild's family and friends. If you pray, please remember all of them in your prayers, if you can. Everyone lost that night. This terrible tragedy affects everyone.
Rose Brown February 08, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I definitely think that Shaun's actions were the most reasonable of the three. HOWEVER when pissed off people are trying to leave(which is what he was trying to do) , I would say usually A they're not gonna go murder someone B if you try to stop them, you're putting yourself in unneeded danger. Also since Wild knew Willie he could have instead have focused the attention on helping him. ( since if I remember correctly the stomach stab came first?) . I'm also curious if Wild said anything to Dan before it happened. It is definitely sad that Shaun died. I get that people care about Willie and Wild I get this . However I'm on the flip side of this as I know neither of them but I know Dan. I've never seen Dan get angry. So for me it's like " What the heck did they do/say to provoke him?" Hence why I said I can only guess that it had do with the fact that they were intoxicated.
NCCkid February 08, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Anyone on here that is trying to defend a murderer does not have to say that you knew Dan personally. It is very clear that you know Dan the way you try and stick up for his poor actions. If you read more accurate articles, Rose, you will see that Dan confessed to the following story: Willie and Dan had been arguing. Shaun saw this so he went over to see what the problem was. He got the two men to calm down and they actually shook hands! Immediately following the hand shake (possibly while they were still shaking hands) Dan pulled a 5 inch knife (military/police grade) and sliced Shaun's arm then got Willie near the Sternum. Shaun went to go stop Dan from leaving and that is when he gave him two blows directly to the heart. THIS STORY COMES STRAIGHT FROM DAN'S MOUTH! Knowing Shaun, he probably wanted to stop Dan because he was thinking of others. Maybe he doesn't want a guy that is willing to stab people over nothing on the same streets that his second graders walk on every morning. Maybe he thought Dan was a very serious threat to all those he loved. Lets face it, if you see someone stabbing people for no reason the first thing you think of is "Man this guy is psycho". He was helping out his friends. If I didn't know any of the individuals in this story I would still side with the victims. Rose, lets take the bias opinions out of this. What side would you take if you did not know any of the individuals? I strongly feel if you say Dan, you are lying.
Rose Brown February 08, 2012 at 03:40 AM
It's not really my fault that media doesn't know how properly report news anymore. ( just look at the Rayon case to see how media spins the story to favor who they "think" is the victim)) . I never said Dan was in the right to do what he did. I'm guessing he confessed because he felt bad. People doing stupid stuff in bars though? No can't say I'd call that psycho. Since I haven't read apparently the more specific article on the case, does it say how he tried to stop him from leaving?
NCCkid February 08, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I believe Wild tried to grab his arm with his uninjured arm. Many of my friends were there. It is just sad to think. Shaun was seriously injured already. The first stab would in the arm actually got an artery and he was losing significant amounts of blood. He was not any harm to Dan so why Dan had to give him more injuries is beyond me.
Rose Brown February 08, 2012 at 04:46 AM
well that explains it , not a smart move. ( not that I'm saying he deserved the attack or anything near like that , just saying not the best way to handle it. I actually read the first article without knowing who the suspect was and Shaun's the only one I feel sorry for since he got mixed up in something he could have avoided. Anyway my post was not to suppport Dan's actions or anything . My post point was to say that 95% ( since I'm not around him all the time I"m guesstimating the number) Dan is a really good person and does good for the world
Holly Higgins February 08, 2012 at 04:50 AM
It does not matter what Shaun or Willie said or did to Daniel. There is never an excuse or ever a reason for violence. Never. What Daniel did is unspeakable. I cannot understand why anyone, such as Rose Brown would ask, "What the heck did they do/say to provoke him?" (to provoke Daniel to stab Shaun in his heart?!). I understand why we all feel shocked and deeply saddened; especially people who knew any of these 4 young men. But to question the intentions of a courageous young man who was trying to prevent a violent man from walking away from his crime, who then himself was fatally stabbed, is something I cannot understand. Just because you never saw Daniel express anger, Rose? Really? Are you that foolish to think he could not have rage inside just because you never saw it? For most people it is unnecessary to clarify that nothing, no behavior ever ever justifies violence against others. I feel badly for you Rose Brown, and Daniel's family and Daniel and everyone who ever knew Daniel, but not nearly as badly as I feel for his victims. Especially Shaun Wild and his family and Shaun's friends and everyone who ever knew Shaun. Shaun's family will forever have a gaping hole, his mother and father will always grieve a profound grief over the sudden traumatic death of their child, Shaun's friends lives are now forever scarred by this horrible act by Daniel. I am a mother whose son was killed too. That heartache will never just go away. It haunts and shatters those left behind.
NCCkid February 08, 2012 at 05:12 AM
You know what Im sure Dan is a good person. I do not want to judge him from his horrible decisions and actions he made that night. It is just really hard not to when this sort of thing happens. I appreciate your kind words about Shaun. In no way did he deserve this.
Rose Brown February 08, 2012 at 05:32 AM
@ Holly : Everyone has a verbal abuse breaking point, where they either A get really pissed or B cry/get sad. I would guess the breaking point is even lower when drinking. I was not asking about " how the heck" I was saying that was my first thought. (which clearly shows I don't doubt that Dan could get angry, as earlier stated everyone has a breaking point I am simply saying there was safer alternatives to what Shaun did. However I'm not saying Shaun deserved to get hurt at all and I feel bad for his family.
NCCkid February 08, 2012 at 05:38 AM
@Rose Put yourself in Shaun's situation. Since you clearly know everything, what would you have done?
Rose Brown February 08, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Before I give the alternative , I'm just gonna say I'm sure it happened all rather fast so there likely wasn't time for thinking. I'm also going to say noone besides Willie and Dan knwo for sure exactly what took place , and of course with out knowing everything , it's speculation. However first I think it would have been better for them to have backed off and try to take care of their injuries . (especially because the more you move if you continue to fight the more you'll bleed. If he was deterimined to have him caught by police he could have tailed him from afar (while applying pressure to the wound) and told the police where he was. you'll just anger who'ever more by trying to block their way. If someone gets violent it's probably best to just back off as quickly as you can. (or if you're trying to protect someone get them away as quick as possible.
NCCkid February 08, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Well you don't really know how to react in a situation unless you are in it yourself. That is when your true actions come out. To make this short and sweet, Dan should not have stabbed everyone. How about that for a solution Rose?
Rose Brown February 08, 2012 at 08:11 AM
Well that's why I said it was speculation. I think the best solution is people should not get drunk. :) or hurt the person trying to make peace.
Fact Monger February 10, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Fact Monger February 10, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Rose . . you seem to need more facts . . . please read the above article for more details that are factual . . if that does not slow your support of Dan . . . Please get some serious help for yourself!!
Chris February 10, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I read that and here's the thing here. There was no reason Dan needed to have that type if a knife on him; especially in Naperville. And the fact that ge was an Eagle Scout makes it even worse. He should have known better, ESPECIALLY in this day and age. And the fact that he was getting after others in the bar is very telling of his possible intentions. Listen; alcohol clearly clouds judgment and magnifies feelings. Many of us have undoubtedly suffered from "drinkers remorse."
Fact Monger February 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM
ABSOLUTE CRAP mr don . . . confession coupled with recorded footage of killing one and stabbing two more within the blue room . . . leaves zero room for innocence
Fact Monger February 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM
> donald baker . . . PLEASE READ http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/daniel-olaska-bond-naperville-bar-stabbing-139074819.html and realize the fact that this coward with a knife was looking for one thing that night and when he was done pressing the female patrons Hayes Wild ended up in his path. It sickens me when you apply a media friendly label where it does not match the facts without knowledge or full disclosure of the situation. The reality is there were no bullies in the confrontation . . only a coward with a knife!!
Fact Monger February 11, 2012 at 01:07 PM
> distorted rose . . please read the nbc article based on fact from the Naperville police http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/daniel-olaska-bond-naperville-bar-stabbing-139074819.html then you can understand the coward with the knife was the one provoking fist ladies then guys . . . seems there was a path he was on and unfortunately a few good men were in his path. the lesson may be when we don't know someone in public we should be on high guard as whats inside that person might be very unstable and volatile couple that with they might be armed . . .
Pam O February 17, 2012 at 01:20 AM
My heart goes out to the families of Willie Hayes and especially Shaun Wild! My husbands father was murdered in a random act of violence 15 years ago! The pain doesn't go away... If you are christian, know that Shaun is surrounded by your love in the comfort of heaven! He sounded like a great person who touched many! God bless both families, and I pray you find peace in your heart!


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