Stabbing Suspect Not New to Prison System

Lombard man accused of attacking BlackFinn bouncer served time in 1996 for attempted murder.

A Lombard man charged with a Sunday morning stabbing in downtown Naperville remained in custody Monday around 8 p.m. at the DuPage County Jail. Court records indicate he is no stranger to the penal system.

Bail for Adam B. Hearn, 31, remained at $250,000 Monday. He was arrested around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after at and was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with great bodily harm and possession of a weapon by a felon—all Class 3 felonies, according to a news release from .

DuPage County Circuit Court records show that Hearn's history as a felon can be traced to June 10, 1996, when he was 17 and sentenced to a decade in prison after pleading guilty in front of DuPage Circuit Judge Judge Ronald Mehling to one count of attempted murder, a Class X felony.

The August 1995 case involved a Glendale Heights shooting at a Gladstone Court house party of a "rival gang member," according to court records. They stated that Hearn, who brought a handgun to the party, got into a disagreement there. He then left.

" … While driving away, he opened fire, shooting four to five times," court documents said. "He missed the person he was aiming for and inadvertently hit an innocent bystander."

Hearn only slightly missed his mark, as well as a nearby woman, court documents said. His unintended target was a woman who was shot and hospitalized for her non-life threatening injury. She was shot in the buttocks, according to court documents.

Other past charges against Hearn include two counts of battery and one count of criminal damage to property that stem from a March 2009 case in which court records show he reportedly punched a Downers Grove man. His bail at that time was set at $10,000, but those allegations have since been dropped. Court filings also reflect a history of domestic violence — an order of protection was filed against him on at least one occassion.

Hearn's most recent arrest occurred after he and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Kelly L. Cihlar, were allegedly found smoking Sunday morning in a BlackFinn bathroom.

“As security staff began to escort the couple out of the bar, a fight ensued between Hearn and a security guard,” according to the news release. “Hearn took out a knife from his pocket and stabbed the security guard in the abdomen. Several other security guards arrived to the area and Hearn was subdued until police arrived.”

Cihlar, of the 2700 block of Mohawk Avenue in Woodridge, was charged with two counts of resisting a peace officer and one count each of battery, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana. All those charges are misdemeanors, but Cihlar's bail was not included in the police report. It was also unavailable Monday through DuPage County Jail inmate records.

Naperville Police had not yet released the identity of the victim Monday and did not plan to, said Naperville Police Sgt. Gregg Bell during a phone interview.

"We are going to keep this consistent," he said. "We aren't giving that information to anyone."

Bell did say the man was treated at the scene and then taken to for surgery. He said his injury was not life threatening.

Hearn would have to post 10 percent of his bail, or $25,000, in order to be released. His charges are all Class 3 felonies, each punishable by up to five years in prison. His status Monday, according to inmate records, was "pending trial."

SpeeKSoft April 05, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Adam Hearn discharged a weapon and accidentally hit a person who happened to be a friend. At age 16 he was sent to a prison with grown men who acually murder and rape. This is the system we are suposed to trust? He is curently facing life in prison for defending himself against a group of oversized bullies who beat him on conscience and stabbed him with broken glass. A football hero, or a bully.
RCA July 07, 2011 at 12:05 PM
I guess him shouldn’t of had a gun. Why does he need a gun at 16 anyway? Come on already; put this idiot away for good. Are we waiting for him to kill too? I guess next time he will do it right!


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