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Police: Angry neighbor attacks family over beanbag chair, trash in his yard

JOLIET – A Joliet man allegedly got into an argument with a teenage girl over a beanbag chair and attacked her brother and father, police said.

On early Saturday afternoon, police officers went to the 400 block of Park Drive in response to 911 call about a fight among neighbors, Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said.

When officers arrived, they spoke with Gerald F. Klotz, 57, who lives on Park Drive, and the neighbors he fought with – a 42-year-old father, his 17-year-old son and his 15-year-old daughter, Gregory said.

Klotz alleged he got into an argument with the girl over a stuffed beanbag chair that ended up in his yard, along with other trash reportedly discarded by her, police said.

The girl alleged Klotz confronted her about the trash and called her names, Gregory said. When her father came home, he heard Klotz screaming at his daughter, he said.

The father headed to Klotz’s residence. However, Klotz allegedly punched him in the face and broke his eyeglasses, Gregory said. The father’s son also was at the scene and Klotz allegedly punched him as well.

Officers arrested Klotz on charges of battery and disorderly conduct. He was released on his own recognizance.

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