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Man arrested after pushing bicyclist into a guardrail at the Libertyville Police Department

Thomas C. Willis, 69, of Libertyville.

A 69-year-old man was arrested after police officers saw him push a bicyclist into a guardrail in front of the Libertyville Police Department on Friday.

Thomas C. Willis, 69, of the 300 block of East Church Street in Libertyville, was charged with two counts of battery.

The Libertyville Police Department was called around 7:11 p.m. Friday to Cook Memorial Park, 413 North Milwaukee Avenue, for a report of a physical altercation involving a bicyclist and Willis.

Officers arrived and found the bicyclist and two witnesses, who had been passengers in a vehicle driven by Willis, at the park.

Libertyville Police Department Sgt. Ed Swider said that the three people told police there had been a verbal discussion between Willis and the bicyclist that turned physical.

Police told the bicyclist and the witnesses, who were family members of Willis, to go to the Libertyville Police Department to provide statements of the incident, Swider said. Police told the family members to contact Willis and have him go to the police station as well.

“Upon arrival at the Libertyville Police Department, officers observed Willis pushing the cyclist into the guardrail at the sidewalk entry to the police station,” Swider said.

Willis was taken into custody, processed and cited. He was released after signing a $164 personal recognizance bond and is scheduled to appear in court on September 18.


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