A SWAT team arrested a 65-year-old man on Tuesday who was wanted for holding a woman against her will while armed with a gun inside a residence in Antioch.
David Lewis, 65, of Antioch, was charged with unlawful restraint, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful use of a weapon.
An arrest warrant was issued for Lewis after he allegedly held a female acquaintance against her will while threatening her with a gun, according to the Antioch Police Department.
The investigation showed that the victim was held against her will during the day on Monday at Lewis’ home in the 300 block of Ginger Lane in Antioch.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Daly said the woman had come over to Lewis’ home to return a car that he let her borrow.
Lewis became angry at the woman and claimed she was poisoning him, Daly said.
Lewis allegedly told the victim to “shut up” or he would tape her mouth shut.
The man pulled a gun out and pointed it at the victim. The woman became scared and texted her friend for help.
The woman told investigators she was afraid to call 911 because she thought Lewis would shoot her.
She was eventually able to safely flee the residence when her friend arrived.
Investigators obtained an arrest warrant after consulting with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office Tuesday morning.
The Antioch Police Department was assisted by the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) Emergency Services Team in serving the arrest warrant.
Lewis was taken into custody without incident shortly after 12 p.m. Tuesday, the police department said.
The Antioch Police Department also filed a firearm restraining order against Lewis.
Investigators also obtained a search warrant for Lewis’ home, which led to officers recovering a gun believed to have been used in the incident.
The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges are possible.
Antioch Police Chief Geoffrey Guttschow said he is grateful for the assistance of NIPAS to peacefully resolve the situation.
“Having the ability to utilize the NIPAS swat team was critical in peacefully resolving this situation,” Guttschow said.
“The team members of NIPAS are highly skilled and trained for situations like this, which could very quickly escalate into a more dangerous situation,” Guttschow added.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Lewis held on a $350,000 bond following a court hearing Wednesday.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 26.