Police: Charges filed against theft suspect who slashed own neck in Oak Park
Updated: January 21, 2013 2:50PM
OAK PARK — The retail theft suspect, who police said pierced his own neck with a broken glass bottle Dec. 10, was charged this week with aggravated assault on a police officer.
According to Oak Park police, Kurt A. Weaver, 37, of the 4900 block of North Winchester, Chicago, was pursued by officers on the 1100 block of South Home Avenue, after a reported theft at the Jewel Store, 7031 W. Roosevelt Road.
When the responding officer attempted to stop and question Weaver after he ducked into an alley, Weaver allegedly pulled a bottle of alcohol from his backpack, broke it against a metal utility pole and threatened the officer with it.
“He told the officer to shoot him,” said Cmdr. Ladon Reynolds, an Oak Park detective.
Police said Weaver unsuccessfully tried to jump a fence, then stood up and thrust the glass shard into his neck, causing a bloody puncture wound.
He was treated at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood while in police custody, then booked into Cook County Jail.
Weaver was held on $50,000 bond related to two bond forfeiture arrest warrants for retail theft and domestic battery.