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updated: 9/14/2012 8:13 PM

Suspect in bizarre Addison-area trespassing case unfit for trial

Bizarre trespassing case occurred near Addison

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  • Marcelo Arellano-Garcia

    Marcelo Arellano-Garcia


A man accused of trespassing into an Addison-area home and carrying around the homeowners' 6-year-old daughter was found mentally unfit for trial Friday.

DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell made the finding for Marcelo Arellano-Garcia after reviewing a recent psychological report.

Prosecutors say the Stone Park man entered a home on the 3N300 block of Ellsworth Avenue in Addison Township early July 14 and carried the homeowners' daughter to her mother's upstairs bedroom. The mother woke up, authorities said, and several residents, including the child's father, held Arellano-Garcia until police arrived.

According to prosecutors, the 21-year-old suspect made statements that he had instructions from God to "shed some blood." He also insisted his name was Peter and displayed signs of "acute psychosis," authorities said.

Wearing a freshly grown beard and a yellow jumpsuit for high-risk jail inmates, Arellano-Garcia appeared dazed in court Friday, and sheriff's deputies had to repeatedly order him to sit down as he wandered about a holding area before his case was called. Assistant State's Attorney Mary Cronin and defense attorney Laura Mitacek agreed to the finding of unfitness.

The defendant will now be turned over to the Illinois Department of Human Services, which will prepare a treatment plan in the next 30 days. Fawell said the psychological report indicated a "substantial probability" of restoring him to fitness within a year.

Arellano-Garcia has been jailed on $1 million bail since his arrest. He faces charges of battery and criminal trespass and is also accused of damaging a wall in an interview room at the sheriff's office. His next court date is Oct. 23.

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