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Police: Joliet man repeatedly tried burning 8-year-old brother with Axe body spray

Robert Carter
Robert Carter

A Joliet man chased his 8-year-old brother around their west-side home with a can of Axe body spray and a lighter on New Year’s Day and repeatedly tried to burn the boy, police said.

Robert Carter, 26, “attempted to cause severe injuries by means of a flammable substance,”police said, that substance being a can of Axe body spray.

Carter “pursued” his younger brother around their home in the 6200 block of Fox Ridge Drive shortly before 5 p.m. New Year’s Day, police said, and armed with the body spray and the lighter, tried burning his brother as many as a half dozen times.

Carter sprayed the burning substance near his brother’s face and body, police said.

Another brother, age 17, noticed what was gong on and called his parents, who in turn reached out to authorities, police said.

Carter took off before officers arrived, police said, but officers found him about an hour later outside the Louis Joliet Mall.

Carter was alone in the car when police located him, police said. He reportedly was taken to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center and was involuntarily committed to the hospital.

Carter was released from the hospital about 11:30 a.m. Monday, police said. Officers reportedly took him into custody and he was transported to the Will County jail. Carter was booked on a charge of aggravated battery shortly after noon Monday, according to jail records.

The 8-year-old brother reportedly emerged from the attack without injury.

Carter was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon for a bond hearing.

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