Chicago man who drove in picnics faces felony charges

Miraculously no one was killed when 57-year-old Timothy Nielsen (pictured in his mugshot) came up the curb and allegedly drove towards the group of ten

A man who complained about ‘yuppies with dogs’ before shouting ‘look what I’m going to do’ rammed his van into a group of picnicking people, injuring two.

Miraculously, no one was killed when Timothy Nielsen, 57, ran up the sidewalk and allegedly drove over the group of 10 who sat on the grassy median in Chicago’s Logan Square on Saturday.

The truck was only stopped after a bicycle and a cooler it knocked over became lodged under the vehicle.

Nielsen, who has lived in Logan Square for 20 years, was charged Monday with four counts of attempted murder and was held without bail by Cook County Circuit Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke.

Prosecutors said the group was celebrating an anniversary on Saturday when Nielsen drove up to the group in his red Ford F-150 pickup truck and began complaining about their dogs.

Nick Lau, 33, a resident who lived a few yards from the scene of the accident, told Neilsen that “his unsolicited comments were not welcome” and waved.

Rob Lopez – who also witnessed the attack – said Neilsen allegedly directed anti-Asian comments at Lau, who is Asian, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Nielsen drove off and into a nearby alley where a witness was watering flowers behind his house.

He told police that Nielsen asked him how long he had lived in the neighborhood before telling him that he was angry about the presence of “yuppies on the boulevard…out there with their dogs.”

Neilsen allegedly told witnesses, “Look what I’m going to do,” according to CBS Chicago.

He then put the gas in his van, jumped from his truck onto the grass sidewalk, mowed down bikes and chairs while ramming into the group, hitting one person and trapping a 42-year-old woman, according to witnesses at the scene. .

Timothy Nielsen, 57, was arrested on Sunday.  Prosecutors said 10 people were celebrating a birthday on Sunday when Nielsen visited the group, asked them how long they had lived in the neighborhood and complained about the presence of

Timothy Nielsen, 57, was arrested on Sunday. Prosecutors said 10 people were celebrating a birthday on Sunday when Nielsen visited the group, asked how long they had lived in the neighborhood and complained about the presence of “yuppies with dogs.”

Police are monitoring the after-effects of Timothy Nielsen, 57, driving his red Ford F-150 pickup truck.  He is charged with four counts of attempted murder and is currently being held without bond.

Police are monitoring the after-effects of Timothy Nielsen, 57, driving his red Ford F-150 pickup truck. He is charged with four counts of attempted murder and is currently being held without bond.

Police are assisting victims after Timothy Nielsen, 57, drove his van hit his van's gas, jumped his truck onto the curb and slammed into the group mowing bikes and chairs, hitting a person and trapping a 42-year-old woman.

Police are assisting victims after Timothy Nielsen, 57, drove his van hit his van’s gas, jumped his truck onto the curb and slammed into the group mowing bikes and chairs, hitting a person and trapping a 42-year-old woman.

Nielsen has a long criminal history, including a four-year prison sentence for aggravated kidnapping

Nielsen has a long criminal history, including a four-year prison sentence for aggravated kidnapping

She was taken to the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

A pregnant woman was also nearby and avoided being hit by the van.

The woman’s injuries could have been worse had a Yeti cooler not been lodged between the ground and the front of Nielsen’s truck, preventing her from driving further.

Neilsen reportedly kept revving his pickup’s engine, spinning the truck’s wheels, but he was unable to move forward.

As the band members tried to drag Nielsen out of his pickup, he pulled out a knife and swung it at them. One person suffered a minor scratch to Nielsen’s arm.

The median of the 2900 block of West Logan Boulevard - Logan Square Chicago;  where Nielsen, 57, charged into the crowd

The median of the 2900 block of West Logan Boulevard – Logan Square Chicago; where Nielsen, 57, charged into the crowd

Neilsen, 57, mowed down bicycles and chairs while ramming the group with his van, hitting one person and trapping a 42-year-old woman, according to witnesses at the scene.  The woman was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

Neilsen, 57, mowed down bicycles and chairs while ramming the group with his van, hitting one person and trapping a 42-year-old woman, according to witnesses at the scene. The woman was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

Crime scene tape separates ambulances and police vehicles from where Timothy 57, mowed down bikes and chairs while ramming the group with his van, hitting one person and trapping a 42-year-old woman, according to witnesses at the scene.

Crime scene tape separates ambulances and police vehicles from where Timothy 57, mowed down bikes and chairs while ramming the group with his van, hitting one person and trapping a 42-year-old woman, according to witnesses at the scene.

Community members who witnessed the incident believe hate crime charges should be filed against Nielsen given his alleged racial slurs toward the group.

It could have been “a more dire situation,” Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said.

During the bail hearing, prosecutors detailed Nielsen’s criminal history, including a four-year prison sentence for aggravated kidnapping.

Nielsen and another person in 1989 entered a man’s home with guns and, claiming to be police officers, took the man from his home, Scaduto added.

They took the man to a garage and beat him, holding him for ransom.

Nielsen also served time in prison for running a loan sharking operation with his brother which they enforced with death threats and violence.

It was not immediately clear whether Nielson had retained an attorney to speak on his behalf. He is due in court on May 10.

Logan Square is a neighborhood that has recently seen numerous protests against police brutality and killings, including thousands of people marching for Adam Toledo, the 13-year-old who was killed by police in March.

Logan Square is the neighborhood that has recently seen many protests against police brutality and killings, including thousands of people marching for Adam Toledo

Logan Square is the neighborhood that has recently seen many protests against police brutality and killings, including thousands of people marching for Adam Toledo

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