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posted: 3/8/2014 1:01 AM

Probation for Prospect Heights man who scuffled with an officer

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A Prospect Heights man who tried to grab a police officer's holstered weapon and bit the officer's hand pleaded guilty to several charges, court records show.

Kenny Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to aggravated battery to a police officer and attempting to disarm a police officer, records show. In exchange, a Cook County judge sentenced him to 30 months of probation and 45 days in Cook County jail. The judge also ordered Cruz to pay $689 in fines.

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When police initially encountered Cruz around 1:25 a.m. last April 30, he told them he had consumed eight or nine beers, prosecutors said during his bond hearing last year.

A short time later police responded to a report of criminal damage to a vehicle by an individual who matched Cruz's description. A scuffle ensued, during which Cruz attempted to grab the weapon, prosecutors said.

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