Cops: Man threatens shooting at business in Naperville

A convicted burglar and forger stands accused of threatening to shoot his supervisor at a business on Naperville’s far west side, following what police said was a pay-related dispute.

The worker, Jaime Lechuga, never displayed a weapon during the argument, nor was one found later in his possession or inside his vehicle, Naperville police Sgt. Bill Davis said.

Lechuga, 54, of Aurora, faces trial in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton on misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct/breach of peace, court records indicated.

Davis said police were sent about 9:14 a.m. March 18 to a business, after receiving a report of “an ex-employee threatening [to] a manager that he had a gun.” Davis did not identify the business, but written police reports listed its address as 1860 W. Jefferson Ave., where the Crate & Barrel Distribution Center is located.

Those reports also declared Lechuga was arrested “after coming to his part-time place of work and stating he had a gun. Lechuga was upset over hours he believed [he] worked,” and for which he was not paid, according to the reports.

Davis confirmed Lechuga was allegedly “upset about his paycheck being incorrect.”

Lechuga had left the area prior to the arrival of police. Aurora police took him into custody a short time later at his home.

Davis said Aurora police searched Lechuga and his vehicle, and “a gun was not found.” He added police determined Lechuga “never displayed a gun at the Naperville business, [and] only implied that he had a weapon.”

Records on file in Kane County Circuit Court revealed Lechuga in June 2011 was sentenced to 54 days in jail and placed on 18 months of probation for a burglary he committed a month earlier in Aurora.

He was sentenced in April 2012 to 99 days in jail and placed on a year of probation, after being convicted of a November 2011 forgery on the 1300 block of Highland Avenue in Aurora, court records showed.

Lechuga is free on bond in the Naperville matter.

A preliminary court date is being set in the case.

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