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Angry Plainfield man pointed Desert Eagle pistol at landscaping crew: cops

A Plainfield man upset about the noise from a landscaping crew demanded they stop working after pointing a Desert Eagle pistol at them, police said.

About 6:40 p.m. Thursday, officers went to the 12900 block of South Stockton Avenue in response to a report of a disturbance involving a man with a firearm, according to Plainfield police Cmdr. Anthony Novak.

Kelly Fargo Thornton, 47, who lives on Stockton Avenue, was upset about the noise caused by a landscaping crew doing work nearby, Novak said.

“Mr. Thornton yelled at the workers while pointing a firearm at them demanding they cease their work,” Novak said.

When the officers arrived, they were able to convince Thornton to voluntarily surrender to them, he said. The officers were then given consent to search Thornton’s residence and found a .44-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, he said.

The officers believed Thornton pointed the gun at the landscaping crew, according to Novak.

Thornton was arrested on probable cause of aggravated assault, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and disorderly conduct, Novak said.

Thornton was later formally charged with aggravated assault and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, court records show.

Thornton remains in the Will County jail on a $50,000 bond.

On Nov. 30, 2005, Thornton pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, court records show. Another DUI charge was dropped in the case.

Thornton was sentenced to a year of court supervision, ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 and receive treatment for alcoholism.

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