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Man arrested after sending woman offensive messages in Manhattan: records

Keith Schranz
Keith Schranz

A Woodridge man was arrested and jailed after he was charged with harassment for using a vulgar insult toward a woman and sending her multiple offensive text messages, court records show.

About 8 a.m. Monday, Keith Schranz, 28, of the 8000 block of Janes Avenue was taken to the Will County jail on a misdemeanor charge of harassment through electronic communications.

A criminal complaint filed against Schranz alleged that between May 12 and June 5, he sent a vulgar insult to a woman in “conjunction with sending multiple offensive text messages.”

The case was investigated by the Manhattan Police Department.

A message and call to Manhattan Police Chief Joseph Wazny was not immediately returned on Monday.

On July 7, Judge Sarah Jones signed a warrant for Schranz’s arrest that carried a $5,000 bond, court records show. Schranz was freed from jail Monday after he posted the $500 he needed for his release.

A relative of Schranz petitioned for a protective order against him on May 14, claiming he sent her threats on May 12 and 13, court records show.

“Keith’s threats are scary and I believe believe (sic) he would try to kill my family,” her petition said.

The relative alleged in the petition that Schranz sent her a messages from two Facebook accounts where he used multiple profanities against her.

A judge granted the petition May 14 but dismissed it June 4 after none of the parties appeared in court.

In 2012, Schranz pleaded guilty to residential burglary, court records show. He was sentenced to 36 months of probation.

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