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Police: Joliet man damaged home, kicked officer

Thomas R. Earls
Thomas R. Earls

An 18-year-old man was arrested after he damaged the inside of his home, tried to lunge at his father and kicked an officer several times, police said.

About 1:30 p.m. Monday, officers went to the 4700 block of Noritake Court after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance, police said.

When the officers arrived, they spoke with the father of Thomas R. Earls, who claimed that his son became upset “for an unknown reason” and began “destroying the inside of the house,” police said.

The officers noticed damage to both the inside and outside the home, police said, and Earls’ father told the officers he didn’t want his son arrested but did want him evaluated at a hospital.

Earls then became aggressive with the officers and refused to follow their instructions, police said.

“Due to Earls' aggressive and erratic behavior, Earls was placed into cuffs for his safety and the safety of others until an ambulance arrived,” police said.

Earls became more aggressive when he was cuffed and he lunged at his father, police said, so officers took him to the ground.

While on the ground, Earls kicked an officer several times, police said, and he was placed in leg shackles after a brief struggle.

Earls was then taken to the Joliet Police Department without further incident, police said.

The officer who was kicked by Earls was treated at a hospital and then released, police said.

Earls was taken to jail but was released on bond Tuesday.

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