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Records: Joliet man brandished knife at Harrah's casino security guard

Man accused of threat to security guard, charged with 3 counts of assault

Juan Sarate, 37, of Joliet
Juan Sarate, 37, of Joliet

A 37-year-old Joliet man was arrested after he brandished a knife and approached a security guard “in an aggressive manner” at Harrah’s casino in Joliet, according to a criminal complaint.

About 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Juan D. Sarate, of the 300 block of East Washington Street, was arrested at Harrah’s on a charge of aggravated assault, according to Joliet police.

The complaint filed against Sarate alleged that he committed assault by approaching a security guard at the casino “in an aggressive manner while brandishing a knife” and placing him in “reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery.”

Sarate was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in a jail.

Sarate was booked into the Will County jail Friday morning. He was released on his own recognizance about 4:30 p.m. Friday.

A judge ordered Sarate to have no contact with Harrah’s casino or the security guard.

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