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Bond set at $150,000 for man charged with striking Sheriff's deputies in courtroom

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick announced today that bond has been set for a Willowbrook man accused of striking three DuPage County Sheriff’s Deputies as they attempted to take him into custody yesterday morning following a hearing on a pending domestic battery case against him.

Marcus Jenkins, 31, of the 10S500 block of Ivy Lane, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Michael Fleming set bond at $150,000 with 10 percent to apply. Jenkins has been charged with three counts of Resisting or Obstructing a Police Office Causing Injury, a Class 4 Felony.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., March 26, 2021, Jenkins appeared at a court hearing at which Judge George Ford ordered the defendant to be taken into custody on a pending domestic battery case. When Judge Ford instructed Jenkins to go with the courtroom deputies, as he was going to be taken into custody, Jenkins allegedly stated “I’m not going into custody.” It is alleged that as deputies attempted to place handcuffs on Jenkins he resisted and deputies were only able to secure the handcuffs around his left wrist. It is alleged that at this time, Jenkins started flailing his arms and pulling away from deputies. Additional deputies arrived in the courtroom and ultimately brought Jenkins to the ground. It is alleged that as deputies gave repeated verbal commands for Jenkins to place his hands behind his back and stop resisting arrest, he refused to do so and instead began constantly kicking his legs and pulling his arms under his body to prevent deputies from being able to place him into handcuffs. It is further alleged that Jenkins injured three deputies while they were taking him into custody. The officers involved were evaluated for their injuries and received treatment where necessary.

“I commend the officers involved in this incident for their dedication and commitment to the safety of our courtrooms,” Berlin said. “Their actions protected not only courtroom personnel, but also members of the public who were in the courtroom at the time. Hundreds of people enter our courthouse on a daily basis and without fail, our deputies consistently maintain the highest level of professionalism to ensure their safety and security. Thankfully, the injuries sustained by our deputies do not appear to be serious at this time. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Kelly McKay and Michele Moreschi for their work on this case.”

“I’m once again impressed by the continued professionalism of our DuPage County deputies. Our deputies executed good tactics, good training and showed proper restraint in the face of a suspect acting violently,” Sheriff James Mendrick said. “I’m thankful our professional deputies were able to resolve this with a minimum use of force and no serious injuries to our deputies or suspect.”

Jenkins’ next court appearance is scheduled for April 2, 2021, in front of Judge Jeffrey MacKay.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant's guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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