Police Media Releases
The Batavia Police Department publishes news releases with information of general interest to the community, as well as summary reports of crimes and arrests in Batavia.
General News Releases
Nov. 22, 2022
TRAFFIC CRASH -- DUI ARREST AT 800 BLOCK OF SOUTH BATAVIA AVENUE
On Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 1:58 AM officers were dispatched to a driving complaint in the 800 block of S. Batavia Avenue. While en route, officers learned that there was a 2017 Toyota RAV4 that was stopped in the lanes of traffic facing northbound on S. Batavia Avenue. Upon arrival, officers observed the vehicle was stopped with a portion of the vehicle in the northbound inside lane of traffic and a portion of the vehicle within the southbound inside lane of traffic. A Kane County Sheriff's Deputy was also on the scene investigating the complaint and assisting Batavia PD.
Officers on the scene found the vehicle to be occupied by an unconscious female subject seated in the driver’s compartment. The vehicle appeared to be in drive and the subject had her foot on the brake. Officers attempted to awaken the driver by pounding on the window. As officers were trying to enter the vehicle, the vehicle rapidly accelerated northbound where shortly thereafter it struck a marked Batavia Police vehicle with activated oscillating emergency lights. When it was struck, the police vehicle was parked and unoccupied in the southbound lanes of traffic.
The female occupant was awakened during the crash. Officers were able to enter the vehicle, put it in park and shut it off. The driver was arrested and taken to the Batavia Police Department. The information below pertains to the arrestee and charges that have been filed with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Ashley T. Samack (32 YOA) of the 900 block N. Deerpath Road North Aurora, IL
Misdemeanor DUI, DUI BAC .08 or more, Improper Parking on Roadway, Improper Lane Usage/Wrong Side of Road, Failure to Reduce Speed/Accident
The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Nov. 21, 2022
FOX & TURKEY RUN TO IMPACT TRAFFIC ON THANKSGIVING
The 2022 Fox & Turkey Run will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 24. There will be several temporary roadblocks and traffic interruptions throughout the northwest side of Batavia, including the intersections of Route 31 at Houston Street, McKee Street at north Van Nortwick Avenue, North Avenue at N. Van Nortwick Avenue, and North Avenue at Blackhawk Drive. There will be a full road closure on Houston Street between north Island Avenue and Route 31.
To the extent possible, this is an “open road” event whereby event participants share the roadway with the motoring public. All participants have been made aware that this is an “open road” event and have been instructed accordingly by the event organizer, Fox Valley Trail Runners.
Please visit mapmyrun.com for the full 4‐mile race route.
The run officially begins at 7:30 a.m. and will end at approximately 10 a.m. The event includes a kids mile run event followed by a four‐mile family run.
Motorists should use caution and be prepared to encounter increased pedestrian traffic on the following streets during the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Route 31, Houston Street, north Island Avenue, north Van Nortwick Avenue, North Avenue, and McKee Street. Each of the roadway intersections will be staffed by public safety employees and race volunteers. Vehicular traffic will be permitted to pass whenever it is safe to do so. The event will begin and end at the Batavia Riverwalk near the Municipal Center.
Please adjust your travel plans accordingly on Thanksgiving morning during these times to arrive safely at your destination.
Please direct any questions to Batavia Police Deputy Chief Michael Johnson at 630-454‐2500.
The Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry is the charity partner for the event.
Nov. 2, 2022
BATAVIA HIGH SCHOOL BATTERY INCIDENT
Friday, Oct. 21, at approximately 1:17 p.m., there was a disturbance in the lunchroom of Batavia High School which involved multiple students and an adult staff member. The Batavia PD School Resource Officer arrived at the scene of the disturbance shortly after it occurred, and an investigation of the incident was subsequently initiated. The investigation included interviews with numerous students and staff members, as well as a review of all relevant and available video surveillance. Both school surveillance videos and privately captured cell phone videos were furnished and reviewed by law enforcement officials. Based on the information and evidence provided, it was determined the facts of the incident are as follows:
A verbal argument ensued between a female student and other students at a lunch table. A male campus monitor observed the argument and walked over to the table to intercede. The campus monitor attempted to verbally de-escalate the situation and was ignored by the female student. The female student walked around the campus monitor and began arguing with a male student seated at the table. The female student, without physical provocation, then struck the male student about the head several times. The campus monitor, who was standing next to the female student, immediately took action to separate the female student from the male student. In doing so, the campus monitor pinned the female student against a nearby table. The campus monitor attempted to keep control of the female student while she was actively striking him and yelling at him. There was no available evidence that suggested that the holds used by the campus monitor were either intentionally or accidentally restrictive of blood flow or normal breathing ability of the student, and the student continued to strike the campus monitor while he attempted to control her. The campus monitor was eventually able to use his radio to call for help and kept control of the female student until additional staff members arrived to assist.
Upon completion of the investigation, the situation was reviewed with the Kane County States’ Attorney’s Office. It was determined that there was no probable cause to criminally charge the campus monitor.
Any media inquiries should be directed to Detective Sergeant Gary La Barbera or Deputy Chief Eric Blowers at (630) 454-2500. Authority: Detective Sergeant Gary La Barbera Released: Wednesday, November 2, at 2:00 PM
UPDATE: INVESTIGATION ONGOING IN DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE/SUSPECT SEARCH CALL
Batavia Police were dispatched to a report of a burglary in progress in the 400 block of Mill Street, at 8:19, Oct. 27. Police were told the suspect left the area on foot. A number of police units including Batavia PD and other local Law Enforcement agencies arrived in the area to search for the suspect, who ultimately was unable to be located. As a precautionary measure, nearby schools were placed into a lockdown status which was lifted once the search for the suspect ended and it was determined there was no threat to the public.
This event was subsequently determined to be a domestic disturbance and the event was localized to one residence. This incident is currently under investigation and the Batavia Police Department will update the public when more information is available. Any media inquiries should be directed to Detective Sergeant Gary La Barbera or Deputy Chief Eric Blowers at 630-454-2500.
Following an investigation of this incident, the suspect was identified as Miguel A. Reyes-Garcia, 33, of Aurora, IL. Reyes-Garcia is alleged to have gone to the home of the reporting victim with whom he had a previous domestic relationship. Reyes-Garcia subsequently entered the victim’s home without permission. Inside the home, the suspect allegedly battered the reporting victim, and another individual. Reyes-Garcia fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.
After consultation with the Kane County States’ Attorney’s Office, an arrest warrant was obtained for Reyes-Garcia. He was taken into custody without incident on Oct. 28 and subsequently transported to the Kane County Jail to await Bond Call before a judge. Reyes-Garcia faces the following criminal charges:
Home Invasion, 720 ILCS 5/19-6(a)(2), a Class X Felony
Criminal Trespass to Residence, 720 ILCS 5/19-4(a)(2), a Class 4 Felony
Domestic Battery-Bodily Harm, 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2(a)(1), a Class A Misdemeanor
Domestic Battery-Insulting/Provoking Physical Contact, 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2(a)(2,) Class A Misdemeanor
Battery-Insulting/Provoking Physical Contact, 720 ILCS 5/12-3(a)(2), a Class A Misdemeanor
The charges against Reyes-Garcia are not proof of guilt. Reyes-Garcia is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Any media inquiries should be directed to Detective Sergeant Gary La Barbera or Deputy Chief Eric Blowers at 630 454-2500.
BATAVIA POLICE INVESTIGATE RASH OF GRAFFITI INCIDENTS
BATAVIA, Sept. 26, 2022 -- The Batavia Police Department has taken numerous reports of criminal defacement, or graffiti, in the past two weeks. Citizens have reported graffiti spray painted in the downtown areas, both on the east and west sides of town. Both private businesses and public property have both been targeted during these offenses. Additionally, citizens have reported graffiti done by paint markers on signs on the Fox River Trail in town. The Batavia Police Department takes these incidents seriously and is currently investigating to identify any involved suspect(s). The Batavia Police Department requests the public’s assistance with any information that might lead to a resolution in these cases.
Please call the Batavia Police Department at 630-454-2500 if you have information relating to these incidents.
BATAVIA HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING PARADE OCCURRING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Batavia High School will be holding their annual homecoming parade on Wednesday September 14, 2022. The parade will cause several temporary road closures and significant traffic delays on Wilson Street and Main Street west of State Route 31. Road closures for the parade will begin at approximately 4:40 PM. The parade route for this year is the same route as the 2021 Homecoming Parade which helped to alleviate road closures throughout downtown Batavia. Spectators are welcome to watch along sidewalks and grassy areas.
Traffic will be detoured on W. Wilson Street and on Main Street west of Route 31 (Batavia Avenue) as both W. Wilson Street and Main Street will be subject to temporary road closures. This event will have a significant impact on vehicle traffic along all roads that intersect the parade route.
Parade units will begin staging between 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM at the Batavia High School Wilson Street Lot. The parade will start promptly at 5:00 PM and proceed east on W. Wilson Street to Lincoln Street. The parade will then proceed south on Lincoln Street to Main Street. Finally, the parade will proceed west on Main Street and return back to Batavia High School at the Main Street Lot.
All vehicle traffic traveling along those roadways will be required to detour to McKee Street or Fabyan Parkway to the north or Route 56 in North Aurora to the south. Vehicle traffic needing to get to Randall Road from Downtown Batavia will be directed to McKee Street or Fabyan Parkway.
Motorists are encouraged to plan their route accordingly during this timeframe to avoid the parade route and minimize travel delays. The parade is expected to last approximately one hour, with all roads open by 6:15 PM.
THE CITY OF BATAVIA VETERAN OFFICER NEW POLICE CHIEF
Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke delivered the oath of office to Shawn Mazza as the new Chief of the Batavia Police Department. Mazza replaces Chief Dan Eul who is retiring effective Sept. 12.
Mazza is a 23-year veteran of the Batavia Police Department and has served various roles during his tenure including patrol officer, field training officer, patrol officer-in-charge, detective, detective sergeant, and deputy chief. He previously served as a member of the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force and has been active as a volunteer with Special Olympics Illinois throughout his career.
“The City is fortunate to have Chief Mazza in this critical role. He is a dedicated leader who has made public safety of the citizens of Batavia and the men and women of the Batavia Police Department his top priority,” said Batavia City Administrator Laura Newman. “His extensive experience in both administrative and patrol roles, and his demonstrated commitment to our community, will ensure the Batavia Police Department is well-positioned for the future.”
Mazza has been an award-winning officer for Batavia since arriving in 1999. He was the Officer of the Year in 2001 and was awarded the Loyalty, Service, and Commitment to Department & Community Award in 2007 and 2009. In 2012 he was nominated for the Louis Spuhler Kane County Officer of the Year Award and ultimately awarded the department’s Life Saving Medal for actions taken to save the life of a person threatening suicide.
“I feel a great sense of pride in being named Batavia Police Chief. I am extremely fortunate to have gained knowledge and skills in my work within this organization, and I hope to continue to be an agent for positive change in this community,” Mazza said.
As Batavia’s police chief, Mazza will oversee a department of over 50 staff members and a $7 million budget.
“Batavia has an outstanding and dedicated team of officers and civilian employees who have a passion for serving and protecting the citizens of this community,” Mazza said. “I am proud to be part of this team.”
Born and raised in Naperville, Mazza holds a bachelor of science degree from Arizona State University in Justice Studies and is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
Filling Mazza’s position as Deputy Chief is Batavia Police Watch Commander Michael Johnson.
BATAVIA POLICE CHIEF DAN EUL ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
After 26 years of service, Batavia Police Chief Dan Eul will retire effective Sept. 12. Shawn Mazza was named Batavia Police Chief at the Sept. 6 Batavia City Council meeting.
Eul joined the Batavia Police Department in 1996 as a patrol officer, and then moved up through the organization as a sergeant and deputy chief before being named chief in 2017.
Throughout his career, Eul has been recognized for outstanding service to the community. He received the Officer of the Year Award in 2000, the Medal of Valor in 2008, and in 2013 the Fredrick G. Behner III Award for his demonstration of loyalty, service, and commitment to the department and the community.
During his career, Eul also served as a Deputy Chief where he helped to shape policy and move the department forward through the implementation of innovative practices and new technologies.
“During his years as Chief, the department faced the most serious threats to public safety perhaps in the City’s entire history,” said Batavia City Administrator Laura Newman. “In every case, whether it was civil unrest, threats posed by armed individuals, or a global pandemic, Chief Eul called upon his experience, knowledge, and ability to lead in developing plans and countermeasures to ensure that citizens of Batavia were protected.”
In addition to his service to Batavia, Eul has served our country as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 1991-1997. He was called to service again, being deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army Reserve/Illinois National Guard where he held the rank 1st lieutenant – infantry. In total, Eul served six years with the U.S. Army Reserve from 2003 – 2009 and was recognized for his service to our country as the recipient of the Batavia PD Patriot Award in 2009.
“Chief Eul has succeeded in enhancing the already high regard the community has for its police force. While we are certainly going to miss him as he begins a new chapter in his life, we will always be eternally grateful for his leadership in accepting the tremendous responsibility that it was to be Batavia’s Police Chief these last five years,” said Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke.