Police arrested an armed man after he allegedly headbutted his neighbor, kicked the victim’s dog and threatened to kill both of them near Spring Grove.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 4:50 p.m. Sunday to the 37700 block of North Jeanette Court in unincorporated Spring Grove for a disturbance in progress.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said sheriff’s deputies arrived and spoke to the victim, a 47-year-old man, who was bleeding from the face.
The victim lives in the vicinity of Joseph Donohue, 56, who lives on the street where deputies were called to.
The victim told deputies that Donohue almost struck his vehicle while Donohue was backing up a trailer.
Covelli said that the victim told Donohue to “be careful” and Donohue immediately got enraged with the victim.
Donohue aggressively approached the victim while the victim was on his own property, Covelli said.
The victim said Donohue attempted to punch him but missed.
Covelli said Donohue then headbutted the victim, injuring the victim’s nose.
After headbutting the victim, Donohue kicked the victim’s dog, “Scrappy-Doo,” and threatened to kill both of them, Covelli said.
Deputies approached Donohue to speak about the incident and they noticed he was armed with a pistol in his pants pocket.
Donohue attempted to pull away from the arresting deputy and had to be restrained on the ground, Covelli said.
The firearm was secured and Donohue was taken into custody.
Covelli said that Donohue continued shouting threats, saying he would “Beat the f–k out of him [the victim],” after having been arrested.
Donohue was charged with battery, criminal trespass to property, disorderly conduct, cruelty to an animal and resisting arrest.
He was released from the Lake County Jail on a personal recognizance bond.
An arraignment hearing is scheduled for June 7.