Upset that his girlfriend wanted to end their relationship, Jonathan Zinke threw her into the Fox River, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Zinke of the 300 block of Oak Avenue, Aurora, and the woman had dated since July, but things apparently bottomed out after they left a party on Stolp Avenue early Saturday. After a disagreement about Zinke, 34, nearly getting into a fight at the party, the woman said she planned to leave him, according to an affidavit filed by the Kane County state's attorney's office.
Zinke responded by picking her up, saying "OK, goodbye, (expletive)" and throwing her over a railing, the affidavit states.
An uninvolved person who lives on Stolp called 911 just after 3:30 a.m. to report the woman's screams. The witness heard a "belly flop" sound, then saw her standing in the river between the Galena Boulevard and Downer Place bridges, where she was found by firefighters, officials said.
The woman, who was taken to Provena Mercy Medical Center, fell about 30 feet into the river but was not seriously injured.
Aurora police found Zinke near New York and River streets. He struggled with officers who tried to put him in a police van, and was charged with aggravated assault after nearly striking one cop with a flailing elbow at the police station, prosecutors said.
On Tuesday, he was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and aggravated assault, prosecutors said.
Alcohol and drugs are suspected to be involved in the incident.
He remained in Kane County Jail Tuesday night on $750,000 bail with a Dec. 16 court date scheduled.