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Officers arrested a man who abruptly ran up to an elementary school in Waukegan and pushed a teacher who tried to stop him as he forced his way into the school Tuesday.

The Waukegan Police Department responded around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to North Elementary School, 410 Franklin Street in Waukegan, for a person trespassing.

Staff called 911 to report an adult male subject abruptly ran to the building and tried to make entry, according to a police report.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Ayah Elfarra said the school was dismissing children at the end of the day.

Some kids were outside being picked up and other kids were still inside the building.

Elfarra said a teacher attempted to stop the suspect, identified as Alkefe D. Patterson, 50, of North Chicago, from getting inside.

Patterson allegedly pushed the teacher out of the way to get into the school.

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The school went into lockdown due to the incident, Elfarra said.

The report said Patterson forced his way into the vestibule of the front entrance and tried to make entry into the adjacent administration office.

He then sat on a bench and officers arrived and arrested him without further incident.

Patterson told officers he was being chased but multiple witnesses disputed the claim, the report said.

Patterson was charged with aggravated battery of a school employee, criminal trespass to building and disorderly conduct.

The charges against Patterson are non-detainable under Illinois’ SAFE-T Act.

Lake County Judge Raymond Collins released Patterson from custody after placing him on the highest level of pre-trial services and ordering him to have no contact with the victim or the school.

Court records show Patterson has another pending felony case in Lake County for a theft that occurred in Waukegan in May 2022.

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A status of preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 14.