November 29, 2005

What's wrong with this picture?

We have two stories in the Dispatch/Argus about two recent arrests.
First we have the case of a Long Grove man exercising his NRA given rights.
A Long Grove man faces a dozen charges following a standoff with police at his home Friday night.

Scott County deputies were able to talk the man out of his house after he barricaded himself inside with a loaded AR-15 assault rifle, which he pointed at police.

Andrew J. Papp Jr. 55, of 14954 305th St., was arrested and charged with 12 felony and misdemeanor counts ranging from going armed with intent to aggravated assault on a child.

He was released from Scott County Jail Sunday after posting $60,000 bond. Another court date had not yet been set as of Monday.

Police were called to the house on a report of a domestic disturbance. They were told Mr. Papp had pointed a .357 handgun at his wife and displayed the gun in front of his children, according to Scott County Court records.

Police said Mr. Papp also hit his son, put the gun to the child's head and pulled the trigger. By the time deputies arrived, the woman and children were out of the house.

Four deputies surrounded the house, watching as the suspect walked through the house, peered out windows, and sometimes pointed the assault rifle at officers, Capt. Brown said.

Court records show police found four weapons in the house, two that were fully loaded.

While the incident ended without violence, Capt. Brown said situations like this are why the sheriff's office bought the assault rifles about a year ago.
Next up, a case from rural Sherrard.
A 23-year-old Orion man was arrested and was held on $75,000 bail in connection with an incident at a rural Sherrard home Thanksgiving night.

Charges in Mercer County Circuit Court had yet to be filed Monday against Lucas E. Jahn, address unknown. Mr. Jahn is scheduled to appear in court today.

The Mercer County Sheriff's Department and the Illinois State Police were called at about 4:30 p.m. to a cabin near Camp Creek Road, southeast of Sherrard, according to a police report. The report stated Mr. Jahn was confronted by the owner of the property and a struggle ensued.

Mr. Jahn reportedly displayed a knife and fled from the property on an all-terrain vehicle. Police searched the area with helicopters and planes and used thermal imaging cameras to try to locate Mr. Jahn. The Sherrard Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the search. Seven hours later, Mr. Jahn was arrested by a Mercer County Sheriff's deputy.
Helicopter AND planes? Wow. Thank God we've spent untold hundreds of thousands of dollars to turn our local law enforcement into small armies, navies, and air forces. Sounds like they probably spent $20,000 on wages, fuel, support costs, etc. and used about a million dollars worth of equipment just trying to find this kid.

But aside from that, this is what struck me about these two incidents. In the first case, a man allegedly aims a .357 magnum at his wife, then hit's his son, jams the huge gun against the kid's skull, and pulls the trigger. Then after they manage to escape, he holds police at bay with an over-powered assault rifle before surrendering. And the cops find more weapons, some loaded, in the house.
And this guy is now OUT of jail after posting 10% of a $60,000 bond.

Some 23 yr old evidently trespasses, and when a neighbor threatens him, he waves a knife at them and then takes off on an ATV, and they in effect call out the Marines to search for him. And he's locked in jail on $75,000 bond.

Hmmm. Endanger at least 3 people's lives, beat your kid, terrorize your family, attempt murder and traumatize your son for life, theaten police officers with an assault rifle, resist arrest, etc. etc. etc. and you're out the next day on a $15,000 lower bond that a kid who waved a knife around at someone and then ran away?

I know that bond is based on flight risk, among other things, and Mr. NRA probably had a better lawyer, but what am I missing here?


At 11/30/2005 6:47 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Further proof that the statistics are true...... 41% of deaths via guns and much of gun related violence in your own home is due to someone in the home who owns a gun!

At 11/30/2005 11:56 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

This does reflect on our lunatic gun laws and the equally loony NRA.

And it makes the cops with their planes, helicopters, and night-vision equipment searching for a misdemeanor offender look like Barney Fife's run amok. The kid was probably sitting in his room playing XBox the entire time they were playing army anyway.

But.... I hope someone can explain the truly weird disparity between the amount of bonds, and why doing everything short of murdering your family and commiting multiple felonies merits a $15,000 lower bond than waving a knife around and running away.

Can any of our legal bretheren out there enlighten us?


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