Held Without Bail

Naperville resident Daniel Olaska is being held without bail. Olaska is charged with the murder of District 204 teacher and North Central College alumnus Shaun Wild, who was stabbed to death on February 4th at Frankie’s Blue Room in Downtown Naperville. Olaska’s also charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder for stabbing North Central Senior Willie Hayes and bar employee Rafael Casteneda.

The new decision by DuPage County Judge Kathryn Creswell overturns his original $3 million bond. As the investigation continued, the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office asked bond be revoked, fearing Olaska was a danger to the general public because he regularly carries knives, and owned several guns. Prosecutors also feared Olaska was a flight risk because he tried to elude capture before police physically detained him.

“The evidence that came out at the bond hearing today was additional evidence that we and the Naperville police have uncovered in the course of the investigation,” said Robert Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney. “It was evidence that we did not have at the time of the initial bond hearing.”

That evidence included video from Frankie’s and testimony from witnesses at the bar, including a man who said Olaska pulled a knife on him 20 or 30 minutes before he allegedly stabbed Wild and the others. Witnesses also said Olaska acted belligerently during the evening, that he harassed females in the bar, and threatened the officers who arrested him.

Olaska’s attorney said the claims were one-sided and was disappointed by the judge’s ruling.

“It’s always difficult for the defense because at this point, we have none of the information. We have to rely on what the other side’s saying,” said Brian Telander, Olaska’s attorney.
Wild’s family and friends were in the courtroom and were happy to hear the new decision.

“The loss of Shaun due to this evil, cowardly, and senseless attack has had a devastating affect on both family and friends. We are struggling every day to find a new way to live that will honor Shaun’s memory in a meaningful, positive and inspirational way,” said Bruce Wild, Shaun’s father.

That includes the “Shaun Wild Memorial Fund” at North Central College, honoring a lost classmate, friend, and mentor. The Wild family is planning on hosting a local memorial service in their son’s honor this spring.

Olaska’s arraignment date is scheduled for March 19th.


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