Police say a suspect is in custody after the UpRising Bakery and Cafe in Lake in the Hills was vandalized, forcing the owner to cancel its kid-friendly drag show scheduled for Saturday night.
In a statement early Saturday morning, the company said on social media that it had canceled its events for the weekend and would be closed on Saturday “for the safety of performers, employees and the community.”
“At this time we all ask: DO NOT COME TO OUR LOCATION AT ALL TODAY. We didn’t want to shy away from Bullies, but we absolutely cannot in good conscience continue with the plans for tomorrow. It breaks our hearts. We’ll update when we can,” the owner said.
A suspect or suspects broke windows in the store and sprayed insults on the walls. ABC7 News reported. Nobody was injured.
The Lake in the Hills Police Department said it has taken a suspect into custody and will release more information soon.
The Police Department said earlier this week that on July 6 it received messages from concerned citizens about a drag show performance being hosted by the company at 2104 West Algonquin Road, scheduled for July 23.
Police said local residents had raised concerns about children being allowed to attend the event.
According to the event’s website, children of all ages were welcome and children’s tickets were reduced in price.
The Lake in the Hills Police Department and Community Development Department contacted the business owner and were “in regular communication regarding the event.”
Police say no violations of the Village of Lake in the Hills community by-laws have been identified and that no nudity or sexually explicit content will be part of the planned performance.
The owner of UpRising Bakery and Cafe reported receiving personal and online threats after the controversial event was announced.
In one instance, a bag of feces was left outside near the employee’s door and a threatening letter was left on the door, according to police reports.
Police said protests and counter-protests were planned for Saturday.
“The safety and constitutional rights of all who choose to participate are the priority of the police department. We are taking measures to ensure everyone has the right to take part in peaceful protests,” the police department said in the statement.
“The department will maintain a zero-tolerance approach to those individuals who choose to participate with plans to engage in acts of violence or criminal activity,” the statement added.
Corinna Sac, the owner of the store, said in an interview with WGN that she was overwhelmed by hate and negativity.
“I just wish people would understand that we’re not after kids,” Sac said during the interview.
“There are child tickets for families who want to bring their children and for families who decide it’s okay for their family environment,” she added.