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Crime & Courts

Glendale Heights man charged with shoving Elmhurst firefighter during roadside stop

Joseph D. Schenk, 31, of the 1500 block of Jill Court, Glendale Heights
Joseph D. Schenk, 31, of the 1500 block of Jill Court, Glendale Heights

ELMHURST – A Glendale Heights man and woman have been charged following an incident in which an Elmhurst firefighter reportedly was shoved during a roadside assistance attempt.

Joseph D. Schenk, 31, of the 1500 block of Jill Court, was charged with aggravated battery, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing a peace officer, and Mayrel J. Gamez, 25, of the 1500 block of Jill Court, was charged with obstructing a peace officer and criminal trespass to motor vehicle following the incident that reportedly occurred about 6:21 p.m. July 31 at Lake Street and Church Road in Elmhurst.

Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief Mike McLean said Schenk and Gamez reportedly stopped the vehicle they were in while they were in traffic on Lake Street, and Elmhurst Fire Department personnel pulled up behind them in a department vehicle. The personnel inquired as to the welfare of Schenk and Gamez, anticipating their vehicle had broken down.

McLean said Schenk and Gamez were acting "very erratically," and Gamez allegedly opened the door of the Fire Department vehicle. A firefighter reportedly asked the woman to exit the vehicle, and Gamez allegedly refused to do so, he said. The firefighter then reportedly pulled her out of the vehicle.

Schenk then allegedly shoved the firefighter, and Elmhurst police responded to the scene and took Schenk and Gamez into custody, McLean said. The pair were then transported to the hospital for treatment.

Gamez was charged with obstruction of justice because she allegedly did not comply with police officers' orders during the arrest, he said.

The firefighter did not sustain injuries, McLean said.

"It's unfortunate that the offender battered an Elmhurst firefighter who was simply trying to assist them," he said.

Schenk is scheduled to appear in DuPage County court at 9 a.m. Sept. 5, and Gamez is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Aug. 27.

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