Niles police arrest man three times in 24 hours - KMSP-TV

Niles police arrest man three times in 24 hours

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NILES, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A north suburban man charged with damaging about a dozen parked cars went on to be arrested twice more within a 24-hour period, Pioneer Press is reporting.

Jozef Komosa, 66, of 7710 W. Dempster St. in MortonGrove, was initially charged with 10 counts of criminal damage to property after Niles police said he slashed or let the air out of tires on 10 cars behind a business on the 8800 block of Milwaukee Avenue on the night of May 4.

An employee of the business told police he saw Komosa letting air out of the tires, and that he and another staff member chased Komosa and caught him as he ran away.

Komosa was booked and released on bond, but four hours later he was taken into Niles police custody a second time, accused of stealing cigarettes from a store on the 8700 block of Dempster Street, police said. He was charged with retail theft and released on bond.

Less than 12 hours later, Niles police arrested Komosa for the third time after he approached an officer conducting a traffic stop at Waukegan Road and Milwaukee Avenue, and refused the officer's orders to leave the area, police said.

Police said Komosa walked up to the driver's side of the vehicle and again refused to leave, telling the officer, "It's a free country."

When the officer attempted to take Komosa into custody he allegedly struggled with the officer and had to be taken to the ground, police said.

Komosa was charged with obstructing and resisting a police officer. While in a holding cell at the police station, he reported not feeling well and was taken to a hospital, according to police.

He was later released on bond for a third time.

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