The town collector of Cicero surrendered to Naperville Police on Monday on charges stemming from an alleged battery and resisting arrest incident last month, authorities said.
Naperville Police officials said today that town collector Frances Reitz, 51, and a friend, Anthony Garcia, 50, arrived at Garcia’s home after learning police were there because of a report someone at the residence was possibly despondent and suicidal. That person was later taken to the hospital.
Naperville Police Sgt. Lou Cammiso said Garcia and Reitz went to the home where it’s alleged they scuffled with police on July 31st.
Police say Garcia was charged following the incident with aggravated assault to a police officer. Reitz was charged on August 8 with misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest, records show.
Reitz allegedly hit the officer's arm when the officer was trying to take her into custody, authorities said.
Cammiso said Reitz wasn’t charged right away because she complained she was injured during the encounter and was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville.
Cammiso said Garcia reportedly jumped on a police officer’s back, sending the officer and Reitz to the ground.
Barry Pechter, an attorney for Reitz, said the allegations are not true and added that Reitz was not the aggressor.
Pechter said Reitz paid a $1,000 bond at the police station and was not taken into custody.
Reitz is expected to appear at the Will County Courthouse on August 20.
Reitz has worked for Cicero for over 25 years and has served as the town collector, an elected position, since 2004.
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