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Rockdale man arrested in courtroom outburst

Henry Lopez (left) and Lacy Lopez.[]

JOLIET – A Rockdale man was arrested inside the Will County Courthouse after he yelled, used profanity and allegedly threatened to punch a bailiff during his daughter’s court hearing.

On Tuesday morning, Henry L. Lopez, 49, of the 700 block of Howard Street in Rockdale was in court for a hearing involving his daughter, Lacy M. Lopez, 18, who was one of 15 people arrested by Braidwood police on drug charges last October.

Lacy M. Lopez has been in the Will County jail on charges of manufacture and delivery of heroin and a derivative of the drug.

Lacy Lopez appeared in court for a scheduled plea when her father got visibly angry after he was approached by a bailiff. The bailiff alleged to Will County Judge Dave Carlson that Henry Lopez threatened to punch him.

Henry Lopez left the courtroom in anger and Carlson ordered Will County deputies to go after him and arrest him for his alleged threat. A deputy who was in the courtroom followed Henry Lopez out.

There were sounds of a scuffle in the hallway outside and Henry Lopez screamed out a profanity. He was detained and taken back into the courtroom, where he continued to yell. Carlson also yelled, shouting at Henry Lopez that he was going to jail on a contempt of court charge.

Kathy Hoffmeyer, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said Henry Lopez allegedly kept speaking out in court and motioning with his hands. The bailiff warned him on several occasions to quiet down and not to make any kind of contact, she said.

Hoffmeyer said Henry Lopez will spend seven days in jail on the charge.

Through a courthouse staff member, Carlson and Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt declined to comment.