Elgin Man Charged With Arson, Assault After Spaying Officer in Face With Flammable Liquid

Elgin Man Charged With Arson, Assault After Spaying Officer in Face With Flammable Liquid

A 58-year-old Elgin man faces charges including aggravated arson and aggravated assault of a police officer after he sprayed flammable liquid in one officer’s face and eyes then tried to light a squad car on fire, according to a Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

David E. Bruce

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon has charged David E. Bruce with the offenses of:

  • Aggravated arson, a Class X felony
  • Aggravated battery, a Class 2 felony
  • Aggravated assault of a peace officer, a Class 4 felony
  • Criminal damage to property, a Class 4 felony

Kane County prosecutors allege that at about 4:45 a.m. March 25, 2020, Bruce entered a business in the 400 block of South McLean Boulevard, Elgin, and set numerous products on fire using a canned flammable fuel additive.

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Police arrived and immediately extinguished the fire.

The officer then walked out of the business and attempted to speak to Bruce, who sprayed a flammable liquid in his face and eyes, officials said. Bruce then pulled a can of spray paint from his coat pocket and threw it at the officer, striking him in the shin.

Another officer arrived in a marked police vehicle and ordered Bruce to get on the ground. Bruce refused, approached the police car, sprayed the flammable liquid on the hood and attempted to set it on fire, according to reports. The officers then placed Bruce under arrest.

The officer who was sprayed was treated at a hospital for exposure to the flammable liquid to his face and eyes, and then released.
The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information should call Elgin police at 847-289-2600.

Bruce appeared March 26, 2020, in Kane County bond court. Kane County Associate Judge Julio Cesar Valdez set Bruce’s bail at $100,000, with 10 percent ($10,000) to apply for bond. Valdez set Bruce’s next court appearance for 9 a.m. April 30, 2020, in Courtroom 311 at the Kane County Judicial Center.

The charges against Bruce are not proof of guilt. Bruce is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

SOURCE: Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office news release