Gary cops arrest Illinois man on terrorism, other counts

2013-08-27T17:47:00Z 2013-08-27T21:02:07Z Gary cops arrest Illinois man on terrorism, other countsSteven Ross Johnson nwitimes.com
August 27, 2013 5:47 pm  • 

GARY | A Naperville, Ill., man faces charges after getting into an encounter with police Tuesday morning in the 300 block of Grant Street, police said.

According to police reports, officers were working security in the area about 2:54 a.m. when they observed Paul DeJerld, 42, walking toward them carrying a machete and a briefcase.

Officers instructed DeJerld to drop the machete, but he refused, raising the briefcase and claiming he had a bomb, police said.

An officer attempted to subdue the man by using a stun gun, but DeJerld reportedly pulled out the cords and entered a semitrailer parked nearby, police said.

The owner of the truck, who was asleep in the back, then woke up and began fighting with the suspect, police said.

DeJerld jumped out of the truck and was again shot with a stun gun and struggled with police, who were finally able to place him in custody, police said.

DeJerld has been charged with making terrorist threats, criminal confinement, criminal recklessness and carjacking, police said.

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