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Judge releases man accused of threatening Riverside officer with ice pick on electronic monitoring

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 4:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:36 a.m. CDT
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Jamie J. Cantellano, 21, of the 5400 block of South Keeler Avenue in Chicago, was charged with felony aggravated assault to a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass to land, battery to a police officer and unlawful use of a weapon.

RIVERSIDE – Riverside Chief of Police Tom Weitzel said he can't begin to understand why a judge would release a man accused of threatening a police officer with an ice pick and who had seemingly targeted a Riverside resident with the intent to do him harm on an I-Bond and electronic monitoring the day he was charged.

Police charged Jamie J. Cantellano, 21, of the 5400 block of South Keeler Avenue in Chicago with felony aggravated assault to a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass to land, battery to a police officer and unlawful use of a weapon on Wednesday.

Police were called to a home in the 300 block of Shenstone Road on Tuesday to investigate a suspicious person banging on a residents door. When police confronted the suspect, later identified as Cantellano, he produced an ice pick, which he threatened to kill the officers with. Police also learned that he may have intended to harm the Riverside resident, who Cantellano called a "free mason" and told police that all free masons must die. Cantellano had worked for a landscaping company employed by the homeowner years ago.

Cantellano appeared before Judge Ann Finley Collins at the Maybrook Courthouse on Wednesday, where she set bond as electronic monitoring and a $10,000 I-Bond, which only requires a signature for release, with no monetary deposit.

Cantellano was also told he was not allowed to enter the area of the 300 block of Shenstone Road, or have contact with the victim. 

Chief Weitzel said he was deeply troubled by the judge's decision. 

"I'm completely at a loss for words," Weitzel said. 

He added he would be submitted a formal letter of complaint to the presiding judge over Judge Collins' decision, which he called shameful.

Weitzel said Cantellano threatened Riverside officers with death multiple times and he believed that if officers had not first confronted Cantellano, someone at the home on Shenstone Road could have been seriously injured. 

Cantellano was brought to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn after being Tased by police and underwent a psychological and physical examination. MacNeal Hospital staff released him back to police after two hours and declared him medically sound, Weitzel said.

Weitzel said officers in Riverside and surrounding communities were briefed on the circumstances and supplied with a photo of Cantellano. Police will also be stepping up patrols in the area of the 300 block of Shenstone and urge residents to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

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