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Police: Brick-wielding Joliet man chases after other man

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Brandon L. Tatum[]

JOLIET – A Joliet homeless man allegedly napped in an apartment building and threatened another man with a brick after he was awakened and told to leave, police said.

At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Brandon L. Tatum, 31, a guest at Catholic Charities’ Daybreak Shelter at 611 E. Cass St., was reportedly sleeping on the floor of an apartment building in the 700 block of Plainfield Road, police said.

A 42-year-old man saw Tatum sound asleep and knew he wasn’t an apartment resident, Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said. The man reportedly woke Tatum up and told him to leave. Tatum responded by allegedly picking up a brick and raising it above his head in a threatening manner. Gregory said he didn’t know where Tatum obtained the brick.

The man ran out of the apartment building and contacted police, Gregory said, but his troubles were not over as Tatum allegedly chased after him with the brick in hand.

Police officers arrested Tatum and released him on his own recognizance. He was charged with aggravated assault and criminal trespass to land.