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updated: 12/5/2012 6:29 AM

Message from ex-girlfriend sends man into frenzy, police say

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  • Nicholas A. Fontana

      Nicholas A. Fontana


A 41-year-old Carpentersville man has been arrested on charges in connection with a bizarre Saturday night vandalism spree that police say was triggered by a text message from his ex-girlfriend.

Police say that after Nicholas A. Fontana of the 900 block of Berkley Street read the message, he broke his big screen television and fish tank. His current girlfriend ran to a neighbor's house for help and while she was over there, Fontana came over and broke the neighbor's front porch lights, used the glass to cut himself and smeared some of his blood on a 14-year-old boy in the home, police said.

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Fontana also broke the neighbor's house window with his fist, as well as breaking their mailbox, and their van's windshield and driver's side mirror, police said.

When police arrived on the scene, Fontana threw an unknown object at an officer and refused to get down on the ground, police said.

He then lunged at police with a knife in his pocket and ran back toward the neighbor's house, but an officer shot him with a stun gun before he could get too far, Cmdr. Timothy Bosshart said.

Fontana quickly recovered from the blast and fought with police, kicking one officer in the left knee, Bosshart said. In the end, police eventually recovered two knives from him, Bosshart said.

Fontana was charged with armed violence, aggravated battery to a police officer, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass to a residence. His bail was set at $150,000.

Fontana is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 13. If found guilty of the most severe charge, which is armed violence, Fontana could spend between six and 30 years in prison on the Class X felony.

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