Highland Park Resident Nicholas Caban Now Faces Arson Charges in Addition to Gun Charge

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Nicholas M. Caban, involved in a violent confrontation, accused of possessing a defaced firearm not used at the fatal confrontation at the Lake Michigan shoreline Saturday, September 17, 2022 (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Nicholas M. Caban, involved in a violent confrontation, accused of possessing a defaced firearm not used at the fatal confrontation at the Lake Michigan shoreline Saturday, September 17, 2022, and later cited for a misdemeanor alcohol offense and charged with arson (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).

Nicholas Caban was ordered into jail custody on Monday, October 17, 2022 after the Honorable Judge Theodore Potkonjak granted the State’s motion to detain him for violating bond conditions on his pending firearm charges. Since his original arrest in September 2022, Caban received a misdemeanor ticket for consumption/possession of alcohol by a minor, and he is separately being charged for an arson incident at a Lake Forest business. The arson charges were approved Sunday and filed today.

Caban originally appeared in bond court last month after being arrested for the felony charge of possessing a defaced firearm. At that time, the court set Caban’s bond at $100,000 requiring Caban to post 10% or $10,000 cash to be released. Caban posted that bond.

On October 7, 2022, Caban was ticketed by the Lake Forest Police Department with a misdemeanor offense of consumption/possession of alcohol by a minor. At the time, the Lake Forest Police Department began an investigation into Caban related to a suspected arson incident at a local business. Based on this information, the State’s Attorney’s Office filed a motion to increase the bond associated with the original felony firearm charge.

Police and firefighters from Lake Forest responded about 5:25 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022 to a report of a trailer fire at Lou’s Garage, 1260 Skokie Highway. Police officers obtained a description of an suspect at the scene believed to be responsible for arson committed on the property, and a police officer from Highland Park located a male that matched the description of the arson suspect. Police identified the arson suspect as Nicholas M. Caban, age 20, of the block of 3400 Data Avenue in Highland Park.

Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office spokesperson, Steve Spagnolo, stated, “Contrary to what has been reported in media outlets, our office did not have the discretion to file a new felony charge of violating bail bond. Under the current statute, a new felony charge of violating bail bond can only be filed in certain instances – which did not apply here. But we did file a motion to increase bond on the firearm case, and we were successful on that motion this morning. This was the correct procedure under the current law.” CARDINAL NEWS did not initially report on this latest incident, awaiting — and aware of — the legal matters that needed to straightened out.

“The State’s Attorney’s office worked closely with the Lake Forest Police Department over several days to complete the investigation, and we needed to incorporate the work of the fire department and the statements of an eyewitness after the incident. I want to thank everyone involved in building a rock-solid arson case against this offender.”

— State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart

In the hearing today, Judge Theodore Potkonjak doubled Caban’s bond to $200,000 and added restrictions on Caban’s movements should he post that bond.

The arson investigation was completed this weekend, and the State’s Lake County Attorney’s Office approved felony charges on Sunday. Lake Forest Police Department officers served Caban on an arson warrant this afternoon (Monday, October 17, 2022), and he is being held in the jail on that charge in lieu of a $1 million bond. Caban will appear in bond court tomorrow.


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