A Plainfield man has been arrested after being charged with unleashing his dog to attack two police officers and calling 911 threatening to blow up his residence, police said.
A series of incidents involving Noel Hornsberry, 59, of Plainfield, began late Friday night and ended with his arrest early Saturday morning.
The first incident began around 11 p.m. Friday when officers and an emergency crew from the Plainfield Fire Protection District were called to the Hornsberry residence in the 11700 block of Presley Circle, Plainfield Police Cmdr. said Anthony Novak.
Hornsberry had called a veterans crisis line for a mental health issue, Novak said.
Hornsberry was irate, confrontational and uncooperative with the emergency crew at the residence scene, Novak said. Hornsberry’s wife asked officers to stay with her while she gathered her things to leave the residence due to her husband’s behavior, he said.
As officers waited, Hornsberry released his dog and said, “Get them,” Novak said.
Two officers were bitten by a dog they believed to be an Airedale Terrier, but the bites did not cause any injuries, Novak said.
The emergency team was relieved of its mission, Novak said.
In the second incident, Hornsberry called 911 at midnight and asked them to give his wife a trespassing warning, Novak said.
When officers arrived at his residence, they told Hornsberry they couldn’t give his wife that warning, Novak said. Hornsberry became furious and shouted vulgarities at the officers, he said.
The officers were released from the mission, Novak said.
In the third incident, Hornsberry called 911 again around 1:46 a.m. Saturday and said he was going to blow up his residence, Novak said.
Hornsberry was calm and refused medical treatment, but was warned by officers of the consequences of using 911 for non-emergency purposes, Novak said.
Hornsberry became furious, yelled vulgarities at the officers at the officers, then let his dog out of the residence, Novak said.
Hornsberry told officers he no longer wanted the dog, which was turned over to Will County Animal Control, Novak said.
While officers were still at the scene, Hornsberry called 911 again, said he was having a heart attack and was going to blow up his residence, Novak said. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene.
Hornsberry called 911 again and asked Will County sheriff’s deputies to respond, Novak said.
Hornsberry refused to cooperate with medical personnel and he was arrested for disorderly conduct, Novak said. Due to his unwillingness to cooperate with the booking process, he was charged with obstruction of justice, he said.
Hornsberry remains in the Will County Jail since Monday on $10,000 bond.