Family Cookout Turns into Back-Stabbing Brawl Between Brothers: Police

An argument over food led to a fight between two brothers at a hunting and fishing club. Daniel J. Dupree — who was previously charged in a Plainfield bar stabbing — faces aggravated domestic battery charges.

OUTSIDE CHICAGO, IL -- A 28-year-old Joliet man is accused of stabbing his brother in the back after an argument erupted during a cookout at Pure Rod and Gun Club, 23239 W. Main St., Plainfield, on April 4.

Daniel J. Dupree, of the 1300 block of Morgan Street, was arrested following the melee at the Plainfled hunting and fishing club and charged with aggravated domestic battery, a felony.

He’s accused of stabbing his older brother during a fight over food, according to Will County Sheriff’s police.


The victim — Dupree’s 31-year-old brother — said the brothers were about to cook ribs and lobster on the grill at about 9:30 p.m. April 4 when the argument broke out, according to police.

Sheriff’s department spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said Daniel Dupree stabbed his brother in the back before the father of the two men intervened.

“While the two brothers were wrestling and fighting, the father got an axe and used the handle and was clubbing his son Daniel in an attempt to get him off the victim,” she said.

Daniel Dupree was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, where he received seven stitches for a wound to his head, police said. He was then released to the custody of sheriff’s deputies.

The older brother was taken to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet to be treated for a stab wound. Hoffmeyer said his injury was non-life-threatening, but she did not know whether he had been released from the hospital. Police are not releasing the older brother’s name, and said there is currently no warrant for his arrest.

Police said a purple knife with black polka dots on it and an axe, both with blood on them, were found near a pavilion at the rod and gun club.

Hoffmeyer said the father, 52-year-old Dan Dupree of the 14000 block of Golden Lane in Plainfield, was also arrested after allegedly disregarding the orders of police. Despite the fact that the three men had been drinking, Hoffmeyer said, the elder Dupree attempted to take possession of Daniel Dupree’s truck.

“He was told numerous times that he couldn’t do that,” Hoffmeyer said. “Then he was attempting to enter the ambulance looking for keys to his son’s truck. He wanted to leave in the truck [and] he put up a struggle when deputies were going to arrest him.”

Dan Dupree was booked into the county jail on a charge of resisting a peace officer. According to jail records, he was released April 5, although bond information was not available.

The younger Dupree’s bond was set at $60,000. As of Wednesday, he was still listed as being in custody at the Will County jail. 

Second stabbing arrest for Dupree

The April 4 incident isn't the first time Daniel J. Dupree has been charged in a Plainfield stabbing.

In February 2012, Dupree was arrested following an incident at Uptown Eatery & Tap in which two other people were stabbed. At the time, Dupree was accused of pulling a knife on a man who was smoking a cigarette in an alley behind the Lockport Street bar and grill. A fight broke out that police said resulted in Dupree stabbing one man in the hand and the other in the face.


Aggravated battery charges against Dupree were dropped the following summer after one of the victims was a no-show in court, police said. Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said all three men knew each other, and one victim, who was stabbed in the face, did not want to cooperate with police.

Dupree spoke to Patch after the charges were dropped, saying he was not the aggressor in the fight.

Read: Charges Dropped in Bar Stabbing

“I got jumped,” he said. “I was protecting myself.” According to Dupree, the physical fight started after a verbal altercation between himself and another bar patron.

“The guy was running his mouth,” Dupree said. “We were all drunk — that’s what it boiled down to.

“ ... Since the incident, I’ve changed quite a few things [in my life],” Dupree told Patch. But employers get an unfavorable impression of him when the arrest shows up in Google searches, making it tough for him to find a job.

“It makes me look like a lunatic,” he said.

RB April 11, 2013 at 07:09 PM
So John thinks that stabbing somebody in the back is something we can call " fight like a man". Really interesting, everyday I learn something from the wise trolls.
JIM HOOD April 11, 2013 at 07:22 PM
That's the thing, nobody ever forgets where the Hatchet is buried.
RosieMckenna April 11, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Hearin Dueling Banjoes , too bad the Duprees couldn't pass a background check that would have help drain the redneck gene pool a bit
darla black lopez April 11, 2013 at 07:52 PM
I would not want these characters haveing guns ! Bunch of crazies !
Going-out-for-milk April 11, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Cynthia, these guys weren't hunting....it's not hunting season...lunatics are those uninformed people who write things without knowledge.
Sheila Raddatz April 11, 2013 at 08:03 PM
"OUTSIDE CHICAGO, IL -- A 28-year-old Joliet man is accused of stabbing his brother in the back after an argument erupted during a cookout at Pure Rod and Gun Club, 23239 W. Main St., on April 4." Why has "Plainfield" been removed from the article? It reports as "Outside Chicago" and doesn't list a town for the address.
Ken Warner April 11, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Where is the call for knife legislation
Shannon Antinori (Editor) April 11, 2013 at 08:13 PM
This story was picked up on the Aol home page so a dateline was added for people not familiar with the area.
Martin Epstein April 11, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Courage!!! He stabbed his brother in the back. Do we detect some racism in your remark?
Martin Epstein April 11, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Took the words out of my mouth
bill April 11, 2013 at 09:28 PM
yea if they had been niggers they would have shot each other
Sheila Raddatz April 11, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Great! Now the world will know they we have a gun running around with a polka dot knife stabbing people in the face. Nice....
Hawkguy April 11, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Here's a headline you will never see, Cynthia; 95,897,782 legal gun owners killed no-one today. Pull your head out of your ass and think for yourself.
Racer Boy April 11, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Remember...this is "Obama World"...Chicago...lawless and clueless...and taxing the daylights out of its businesses and homeowners. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s lying , thieving, cheating self, Reverend Wright's lying, cheating, thieving daughter...etc., etc., etc. Chicago makes Detroit look like Paradise when it comes to violence.
Al Cloutier April 11, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Boys will be boys.
Al Cloutier April 11, 2013 at 11:32 PM
fit4ufor3rd April 12, 2013 at 12:40 AM
stabbing someone in the back is quite brave. goes along with shooting BB guns at birds
carol croissant April 12, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Cynthia,I totally agree with u.People who can kill some innocent animal is capable of also killing a human.They don't have any value of lifefe other than their own.
SonofJohn April 12, 2013 at 07:04 AM
And not only obamas world but a nation of illegals running amok in our nation. I’m told by ICE personnel that agents were told over the loudspeakers at ICE headquarters to “shelter” and “shelter in place,” which means they should go down to the first level of the parking lot and walk out the garage entrance. ICE agents have been asked by ICE chief John Moron Morton and company not to go down to the lobby of their own building, stay at their desks, and not leave the building. Yup, this is how sad and dysfunctional the Department of Homeland Security is. Its largest law enforcement agency tells its agents to act like chickens under siege and cower from lawbreakers who are just outside their doors. I feel like I’m watching an apocalyptic zombie movie. But those movies ain’t got nothin’ on Barack Obama and his inept minions Janet Napolitano and John Moron Morton.http://www.debbieschlussel.com/61165/exclusive-pathetic-homeland-security-tells-agents-take-shelter-as-illegal-aliens-protest-outside-ice-headquarters/
SonofJohn April 12, 2013 at 07:06 AM
Ah yes a liberal bastion in a sea of more, Illinois the land of the commie left. JMO.
Ernie Knight April 12, 2013 at 02:25 PM
There have probably been more murders by domestic terrorists trying to "protect animals" than there have been by hunters. In case you were unaware YOUR own ancestors hunted. That's how people got meat and fed and continue to feed their families. Wake up.
John Roberts April 12, 2013 at 03:44 PM
do you know the circumstances to him being stabbed in the back?..Stabbing someone in the back can also be from having someone on top of you holding their head into your chest so they do not get up high enough to hit you....If you know anything about fighting...Then you know it is harder for a guy that got full mount body position to hit you if his head is kept to your chest...and what do you do with the other hand?...Stab the man whos head is in your chest in the back...
John Roberts April 12, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Judging the guys size compared to the other guy might be a chance one got on top of the other.and if your going to argue family or not in todays age where every one has so many mommy and daddy issues,and wants to be,prove,and act crazy...ya best be ready for the unexpected....I know my family members and I am here to tell ya fighting with them its no holds bars...they think just like me..You are trying to hurt me when we fight and that enables me to do things that I would not want to do but will and then some...Even stabbing someone...there is no such a thing as a fair fight only in sanctioned fights..not on the street.
Droncz87 April 12, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Irrelevant Adjective Not connected with or relevant to something.
John Roberts April 12, 2013 at 04:06 PM
it is if a man has top position and your holding his head into your chest.fighting is fighting ....but to just go up to a man and stab him in the back nope not at all..not trolling I am a citizen and this little tab that says reply gives me the option to..people do not like some of my comments ..I don't care I just say things everyone else has thought,thinking but won't..Ya know the thing about calling others trolls?..People who call others trolls are usually the ones with limited replies to conversations..BECAUSE!!! When the labeler agrees with the comments he/she usually never calls the persons who commented a troll...But when they can not fully finish or continue a conversation to the end that they have involved themselves in they usually resort to the troll label..I am here to discuss but also let me point out not a single person has proved me wrong!!!...If I am wrong then prove it to me...and not talking and discussing is exactly what government loves...Just accept..Do not question,
John Roberts April 12, 2013 at 04:21 PM
you don't have to point out my comment to me I said them,i know what I said.lol...Nice censorship there patch..lol.....My life is my life and in it I have lived a different life than you and have different views than you...Period...this is how & why the world is the way it is..if it were any other way then it would not be freedom...AM I racist yeah to a point...Just like the rest of the people in the world..This is who we are as humans...And patch I wants disrespecting anyone...Not even a race..If people would read my words correctly...you would see and understand that in my life a lot of different situations have come across my path that can actually make a person be racist to a point..Because not liking something that is done as a race is viewed as racist not FREEDOM of CHOICE to like something or not..So we are all racist to the rules we as society have put into place..am I a skinhead type racist Hell No,KKK.type..Man come on ..GET REAL!!! NOT EVER....Example..I know for a fact that every race has people who say "They all look alike to me" when referring to another race...To Society that's racist..But in reality it is hard for one race to describe a person of a different race to lets say a Police officer....Any comment one says like this is considered racist by the other race....again labeled racist..Not by choice..
joe April 14, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Hmmm, after reading, and deciphering some of the responses here, one can assume incest is alive and well in Plainfield.
The Sofa King April 15, 2013 at 01:05 AM
That gene pool could use a little chlorine
SonofJohn April 15, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Cynthia, Cynthia, your lack of understanding on this issue is shining like the sun. better think before jumping into the fire, you'll get burnt. Americans have lost respect for their fellow man and woman, it has absoutly nothing to do with "hunting" ...wow!
SonofJohn April 15, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Carol, there is no such thing as an innocent animal. God provided animals for food, and other uses. Just like bread, grain, and vegetables . We are and have been a hunter gather society forever. Human kind is at the top of the food chain in most cases. I would like to see you turned loose in kenya, youd be food in 24 hours. LOL.


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