Date: October 1, 2018
Issued by: Geoff Guttschow, Deputy Chief of Police
Antioch, IL- On Sunday afternoon Antioch Police arrested Antioch resident Brandon J. Perez, at his residence, following an incident that took place at the Antioch Wal-Mart around 630pm Saturday evening.
Shortly after 630pm on Saturday evening, Antioch Police responded to Wal-Mart for a report of a battery that was sexual in nature. The victim, a 34 year old female, reported she was shopping with her two young children when a man approached her in the Halloween section of the store, where he made comments about her appearance. A short time later, the man approached her from behind where he grabbed her genital region over her clothing while making making sexually suggestive statements towards her. The victim slapped the man’s arm and screamed with him walking away from her. The victim was able to capture photographs of the man with her cellphone before he was able to exit the store.
Within twelve hours of the incident, police received a tip from an area resident who recognized the photograph of the man on social media. The man was subsequently identified as Brandon Perez, who was taken into custody around 1:00pm Sunday.
Perez was subsequently charged with one count of Battery, a Class A Misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Perez was later released on bond pending an October 15th court appearance.
This case exemplifies the Mission of the Antioch Police Department, which is to provide exceptional progressive service and protection in partnership with our community. This case was brought to the swift conclusion of an arrest because one of our citizens took an interest in helping make their community safer.
Brandon J. Perez (age 21)
40000 Block of Route 83, Antioch
Those charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.