A Glen Ellyn man whose repeated arrests and unusual behavior sparked concern among neighbors will be taken into custody and examined for mental fitness, a judge ruled Monday.
Christopher Shukin, 22, of the 400 block of Hill Avenue, was denied bail by DuPage County Judge John Kinsella.
Several of Shukin’s neighbors contacted authorities after the Dec. 14 school shootings in Newtown, Conn., saying they were worried for their children’s safety.
Since November 2011, Shukin has been arrested 10 times for offenses such as exposing himself in public, randomly grabbing a 4-year-old child, harassing a College of DuPage student, and window peeping, prosecutors said. He also was seen following people outside Lincoln Elementary School in Glen Ellyn, according to police.
Defense attorney Jeff Fawell said Shukin remained under psychiatric care Monday at Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital in Naperville. Authorities hoped to serve the warrant but said it was unclear if they would be able to do so.
Assistant State’s Attorney Helen Kapas said the hospital, citing privacy laws, wouldn’t confirm whether Shukin was a patient when authorities tried to fit him with a GPS monitoring device ordered by the judge last week. Fawell has said Shukin is a voluntary patient there.
Kinsella said he would consider setting bail after the defendant receives a psychiatric evaluation. In issuing the warrant, he noted the “extreme allegations,” Shukin’s “bizarre behavior,” and a psychologist’s earlier finding that he could be a danger to others.
“I would be concerned, whether it’s today or next week, that he would walk out of the facility while this issue is pending,” Kinsella said. “I do not wish to lose track of Mr. Shukin.”
Shukin suffers from an unspecified brain injury, according to his family. He was expected to be hospitalized for weeks, his attorney said, expressing concern about interrupting treatment.
“This defendant obviously has some mental health issues,” Fawell said. “His condition is not good at all.”
The case is due back in court Thursday.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.