Galesburg Police: 12-year-old threatens to get knife, brings back hammer

Talbot Fisher
Special to The Register-Mail

GALESBURG — A 12-year-old was arrested on felony charges after allegedly becoming violent Saturday evening. 

Officers were called to the 400 block of Iowa Avenue at 7:14 p.m. for a report of a juvenile with a knife. Upon arrival witnesses explained that the 12-year-old male and an 11-year-old male were playing in the front yard when they began throwing rocks and charcoal at each other. Cars began to be struck by the thrown debris and an adult told them to stop. The boys began to argue and the 12-year-old was told to go home, but he refused. He pushed two adults at the scene before leaving, telling them he was going to get a knife. 

The boy went home and then came back with a hammer, leading the residents to call police. 

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Police found the boy on his own porch, and observed him to strike brick pillars, a mailbox, and the building itself with a hammer, which broke in the process. The boy continued to hold on to the hammer head as officers attempted to de-escalate the situation, leading officers to eventually handcuff the boy. 

The boy’s mother told police she was aware he was outside and was supposed to check in with her occasionally. She said he came to her and told her he was going to fight people, and she told him not to. She said she was unaware he had taken the hammer. 

The police report noted “this is my third incident with (the boy) in which he has committed an act of violence.” 

The boy was taken to the Mary Davis Home on a class 2 felony charge of aggravated battery, a class 4 felony charge of criminal damage to government property, and a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault.