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Joliet man threatened to shoot health clinic staff: cops

Ray Watkins
Ray Watkins

A Joliet man was arrested after he called a health clinic on Chicago Street and threatened to shoot the staff, police said.

About 3 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to Primary Care Joliet, 2025 S. Chicago St., after receiving a report of a telephone threat, Joliet police said in a news release. The health clinic has two locations in Joliet and one location in Wilmington.

The officers were able to determine that Ray Watkins, 65, of the 400 block of North Bluff Street called and threatened to shoot the staff, police said.

The officers found Watkins at his residence on Bluff Street, where he was taken into custody without issue, police said.

Watkins was then transported to the Joliet Police Department, where he indicated his involvement in the incident, police said.

Watkins was arrested on probable cause of disorderly conduct and released on his own recognizance, according to the police. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 28.

On Aug. 16, 2005, Watkins was charged with damaging property in Joliet but the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped the charge almost a year later, according to court records.

Watkins objected to the dismissal of the charge and announced that he was “ready for trial,” but the judge granted the prosecutors’ motion, court records show.

On July 28, 2005, Watkins was charged with unsafe backing on a roadway in Joliet, court records show. After he pleaded guilty to the charge, he was sentenced to 90 days of court supervision and ordered to pay a $100 fine, court records show.

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