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Police: Man punched cops, spat on paramedic

Roger Thompson
Roger Thompson

Joliet police say a 28-year-old man was arrested after he punched officers several times, causing one officer to be hospitalized, before he spat on a paramedic.

About 9:30 a.m. Saturday, officers went to the 800 block of John Street after receiving a report of a suspicious man near a vacant house, Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said in an email.

An officer found Roger A. Thompson, 28, of Plainfield, and determined he matched the description of the suspect, Botzum said.

While the officers were talking to Thompson, Botzum said Thompson pushed one of them when he went to leave. Botzum said a “struggle then ensued.” During the described struggle, Thompson is alleged to have punched the officers several times.

Thompson eventually was taken into custody.

One of the officers was injured and taken to the hospital for treatment, Botzum said.

Paramedics from the Joliet Fire Department were on the scene. Thompson is alleged to have spat in the face of one of the paramedics, Botzum said.

Thompson was arrested and taken to the Will County jail, where he is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Thompson faces charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and resisting a police officer.

On May 24, 2018, Thompson had pleaded guilty to charges of domestic battery and resisting a police officer. He had been sentenced to 140 days in jail, credited for serving 70 days in jail and given two years of conditional discharge, according to court records.

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