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Police: Chicago man threatens to toss Joliet officer in river

JOLIET – A Chicago man allegedly threatened to toss a Joliet police officer into the Des Plaines River, police said.

About 8:50 a.m. Friday, John Lyday, 58, of the 400 block of South Clark Street, Chicago, reportedly was spotted wandering between cars in the Joliet police and civilian parking lot, Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said in an email.

Lyday was stopped by a Joliet police sergeant and told he had to leave the lot because there are no trespassing signs posted, Gregory said. Lyday allegedly refused, took up a fighting stance and threatened to throw the sergeant into the nearby Des Plaines River.

Lyday allegedly fled the scene after he was told he would be arrested, but he didn’t get too far, Gregory said. The sergeant and a police officer captured Lyday and placed him under arrest, he said.

Lyday later was released on his own recognizance. Lyday was charged with criminal trespass, aggravated assault and obstructing a police officer. He is scheduled to appear in court March 22 to answer the charges.

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