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Cicero town collector tried to hit cop: officer testifies

Cicero Town Collector Fran Reitz cursed and yelled at a Naperville cop and tried to slap his hand and shove him when the officer tried to search her fiancee’s house last year, the officer testified Monday.

“She was belligerent,” Naperville Police patrol officer Martin Creighton told a Will County jury.

Reitz, 52, was charged with misdemeanor battery and obstructing a peace officer after police were called July 31, 2013, to the home of her fiancee, Anthony Garcia, in the 2500 block of Brockton Circle in Naperville.

Barry Pechter, her lawyer, told jurors Reitz will testify during her trial, which began Monday. He denied she hit Creighton and he argued Reitz did not prevent the officer from searching Garcia’s home as prosecutors alleged, because the search was “already well underway” at the time of the confrontation.

Police were called to the home because a relative of Garcia’s was despondent, possibly suicidal and might have had weapons in the home.

When the ensuing stand-off ended, Creighton said he was told to secure the home and search for weapons and medications.

Creighton said Garcia gave police written permission to search the home. But before Creighton could begin, he said Garcia and Reitz “came barging in the front door.”

“[Garcia and Reitz] both started yelling at us, ‘You need a warrant, you need a warrant,’” Creighton said.

When Reitz refused to leave, he said he put his hand on the back of her left arm and tried to escort her out.

That’s when he said Reitz started yelling, slapped at his hand and tried to push him. So, he grabbed her firmly by the left arm to lead her out of the house, but he said Garcia jumped on his back — and they all fell into the bushes outside the house.

Garcia, 51, also was charged and pleaded guilty to battery earlier this year, court records show. He was sentenced to one year of supervision.

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