Three men were arrested Saturday afternoon at the Illinois Valley YMCA in Peru, after police received several reports of a man with a gun at the facility.
Mark J. Judd, 39, of Hennepin, was arrested on a complaint of unlawful use of a weapon and taken to the La Salle County Jail. Andrew Martinez, 35, of Utica, was arrested on a complaint of battery and released with a La Salle County court date. Additionally, Joshua Martinez, 37 of DePue, was arrested on a complaint of assault and released with a La Salle County court date.
Officers responded to the YMCA at 1:03 p.m. Saturday and were advised a man with a gun had called 911 to say he was attacked and pulled the weapon to defend himself. Officers located the man and retrieved the firearm from a vehicle.
Some callers told police the man was leaving and taking a child that was not his own. A girl was inside the vehicle and was unharmed — and with the man voluntarily, police said.
This case still is under investigation and will be reviewed by the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Office to determine if additional charges will be filed.
“I would like to commend the quick response and resolution to this case by the patrol division,” said Peru Police Chief Bob Pyszka. “If it weren’t for that quick response and action of the patrol division, this situation could have ended up far worse.”
Source: The Daily Chronicle