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Authorities: Man injures 2 ECC officers

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A 25-year-old man is accused of assaulting two Elgin Community College police officers who were responding to an area of the campus where the he was making workers feel uncomfortable, according to a school spokesman.

James N. Pobol, who is not an ECC student, was in the school's Visual & Performing Arts Center for an unknown reason on July 18, Elgin Community College spokesman Jeff Julian said.

The man's actions made a few employees feel uncomfortable, so they contacted campus police; officers responded to assess the situation and talk to the man, according to Julian.

Pobol was uncooperative with police and became combative while inside the building, Julian said.

Two of the school's officers suffered minor injuries during the arrest, according to Julian.

Pobol was arrested at the scene by Elgin Community College officers and taken to an area hospital to be evaluated, according to school officials.

Pobol appeared in court Monday on two counts of aggravated battery of a peace officer, three counts of resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct, according to Kane County court records.

"We have a really good police force. They spend a lot of time with employees, being visible and making sure they know proper procedures," Julian said. "Certainly one of them is if you see something that leads you to be concerned, call campus police. That's what happened here."

Julian said police were able to isolate the suspect from staff and students, and no staff member or student was in danger during the arrest.

Pobol did not have a weapon, according to Julian.

Pobol is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and is due in court Thursday.

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