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State

Man threatens school shooting on state senator's voicemail

Steven Tutko
Steven Tutko

A Peru man was arrested Tuesday for leaving a voicemail message with state Sen. Sue Rezin’s office threatening to commit a mass shooting at “a school,” police said.

Steven A. Tutko, 33, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon by the Peru Police Department’s emergency response team and charged with a felony of threat to a school building or person.

On Monday, Peru police responded to Rezin’s Peru office, which received a voicemail from a person who made specific threats, including making a threat to commit a mass shooting at an unidentified school, according to a news release from Peru police.

“For obvious reason the matter was treated as the highest of priorities and overnight efforts to identify a potential suspect continued,” according to the news release.

Based on their investigation, police identified a person of interest by Tuesday morning and presented the facts to the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Office. A felony charge against the defendant was approved and a warrant was signed by a judge about noon Tuesday. At the same time, police obtained a search warrant for the defendant’s residence.

At 12:45 p.m., the emergency response team executed the search warrant and took Tutko into custody. The state’s attorney’s office and Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center also assisted.

Tutko served some jail time for driving with a revoked or suspended license because of a DUI.

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