Bond Set at $ 1.5 Million For Wisconsin Man Accused of Shooting Amtrak Conductor
(Updated at 12:53 p.m. on 5/19/17 to correct an error in the name of the defendant's city of residence.)
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Robert Marshall announced today that charges have been filed against a Wisconsin man for allegedly shooting an Amtrak conductor in Naperville on May 16, 2017. Edward Klein, 79 (d.o.b. 11/27/1937) of West Allis, Wisconsin, appeared in Bond Court this Morning where Judge Joseph Bugos set bond at $1.5 million with 10% to apply. Klein is charged with one count of Attempt Murder and one count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. Both charges are Class X Felonies.
At approximately 9 a.m. May 16, 2017, an Amtrak train bound for Chicago left Kansas City with Klein allegedly on board. The train pulled into the downtown Naperville train station at approximately 4:45 that afternoon at which time some of the passengers disembarked the train. Klein allegedly remained on the train. It is alleged that after the doors closed, Klein pulled a revolver, stuck his arm out of the window of the train door and fired one shot, striking the victim in the abdomen. It is further alleged that Klein then attempted to exit the train through the same window but was unable to as train personnel and other passengers detained him until authorities arrived. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery for his injuries.
“The charges against Mr. Klein are very serious and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” Berlin said. “While the injuries sustained by the victim in this case are quite severe, it is my sincerest hope that he will make a full recovery and be back on the job soon. I would like to thank authorities with Amtrak as well as the Naperville Police Department for their quick response to this situation. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Claudia Fantauzzo and Steve Knight for their efforts on this case.”
"I commend our investigators who worked diligently to piece together the facts of this case, and I would like to thank Amtrak and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their cooperation in this investigation,” Marshall said. “I would also like to recognize the brave acts of the passengers who restrained the suspect until police arrived, preventing him from possibly inflicting more harm. We continue to keep the victim and his family in our thoughts and hope for his full recovery.”
Klein’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 12, 2017, in front of Judge Daniel Guerin.
Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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