$3M Bond For Suspect In Teacher’s Stabbing Death

Updated 02/06/12 – 10:45 a.m.

WHEATON, Ill. (CBS) — Two men who had never met are now forever connected; one man is dead, killed in a stabbing at a bar in Naperville; the other is being held on $3 million bond, charged with murder.

As CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports, the victim — 24-year-old Shaun Wild, of Wisconsin — was a 2nd grade teacher. He was stabbed to death early Saturday morning at Frankie’s Blue Room, a nightclub in Naperville.

Daniel Olaska, 27, allegedly stabbed Wild and two other men during a fight at the bar.

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports prosecutors say Olaska has confessed, and even reenacted the stabbings.

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Authorities said they are dumbfounded how what started as a low-key barroom argument escalated into deadly violence.

“I’ve had a lengthy police career and I’ve never heard of anything that made less sense than this particular stabbing,” Naperville Police Chief David Dial said.

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Shaun Wild, 24, a 2nd grade teacher and North Central College graduate, was stabbed to death during a dispute at a bar in Naperville on Feb. 4, 2012. (Photo courtesy: North Central College)

Wild and Olaska, two strangers, sat down next to each other at Frankie’s Blue Room early Saturday.

Authorities said another bar patron, William Hayes III, made fun of Olaska drinking beer from a wine glass. In the ensuing argument, Olaska allegedly pulled out a 5-inch folding knife.

Wild, a friend of Hayes, rushed over to stop the fight, but Olaska allegedly stabbed him to death. Olaska also allegedly stabbed Hayes and a third man, bouncer Rafael Castenada.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said, “This is an utterly senseless act of violence, and there is literally no explanation for the actions that took place.”

Dial said, “The suspect in this matter took a knife out and lunged forward and stabbed the victims, and he continued to stab victims; after a first one, a second one, and a third one.”

Olaska’s parents declined to comment at his court appearance Sunday morning, when bond was set at $3 million; but they were accompanied by a dozen parishioners from Grace Christian Fellowship church, who were attempting to raise $300,000 needed to bail out Olaska.

Off camera, they said they were baffled, and that the stabbing was an aberration in Olaska’s life.

Defense attorneys pointed out after court that Olaska has no criminal history, earned a master’s degree in aviation administration from Middle Tennessee State University, is an aviation manager at Schaumburg Airport and was active at the church.

But authorities said, after he was in custody, Olaska admitted to the stabbings and acted them out. The entire incident was captured on surveillance video, which police said will be entered in evidence.

Authorities also said it does not appear that Olaska was under the influence of any drugs.

A tearful vigil was held at Naperville’s North Central College Saturday night for Wild, a recent graduate, as the community tried to help his parents heal.

Wild was in his first full year of teaching 2nd grade at Spring Brook Elementary School in Naperville. The school’s Web site went into detail about how excited Wild was to be a teacher.

“Our crisis team will be on hand to help students cope with Shaun’s death,” principal Dave Worst said in a statement. “Counselors will remain in place for as long as necessary to handle individual needs during the grieving process.”

Late Sunday afternoon, Hayes’ parents issued a statement about their injured son, who remained hospitalized at Edward Hospital in the intensive care unit.

“We are devastated by the Wild family’s loss and wish to express our deepest sympathies,” they said. “Willie’s prognosis remains positive and we hope to have him home soon.”

  • James Budzisz

    Put down your weapons, & fight with your fist.

    • InalienableWrights

      The state makes it’s money on alcohol while making pot illegal.

      How many people have killed someone else when stoned?

      As usual the state legislature can take the blame on this death.

  • Chad

    A 3 million dollar bail would be oppressive Mr. Grinbarg? Really?
    How oppressive were the wounds Mr. Wild received?
    How oppressive is the pain his family and friends are feeling?
    Mr. Grinbarg your statement was an additional disgrace to Mr. Wild.

  • Nancy J

    James, better yet, how about NO fighting?

    • James Budzisz

      That’s impossible.

  • Just Axin

    Lyndia- Hope you is happy he gots a bail of $3mill. I know you think there’s a big conspiracy out there against the brothas.

  • Just the Average Joe

    Unbelievable! I think this is one of the very few white on white murders that I have read about in the Chicago area in a long time. It appears that none of the people had any prior criminal records, and yet a weak moment and tragic murder. Wow, a little alcohol, and a short fuse, changes many lives forever.

  • the rapture

    the stabber has his church behind him – wow…ain’t drinking and killing considered a sin…

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  • Jaye

    I feel for the victim & their family & loved ones.

  • spyder

    JUST AVERAGE JOE “YOU ARE AN IDOIT’ White people kill white people, John Wayne Gacy killed all white young boys npne were black, you are really stupid!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Just the Average Joe

      John Wayne Gacy was a ways back, and he was a serial killer. I didn’t say it never happens, just that I haven’t read about very many white on white murders in a long time. That is really what makes this case remarkable as this would be just another murder in south Chicago. Spyder, smarten up, then write, without shouting. I think you know a little something about stupidity.

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  • Beto c

    Looks like boh boys came from good families and didn’t cause trouble. But I bet Olaska was bullied in school and Hayes pushed a button. Doubt Olaska started it, he was alone and had no backup unlike Hayes. Doesn’t condone what Olaska did though.

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