Man sentenced in Naperville laser pointer case

A convicted burglar from Aurora has been sentenced to 150 days in jail, for injuring a Naperville police officer late last year during a struggle that followed the man’s abuse of a laser pointer during an indoor soccer game.

Raul Marquez, 20, remained Tuesday in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, following his conviction on a charge of aggravated battery of specific persons, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court.

Police arrested Marquez about 8:27 p.m. Dec. 22, after he caused a disturbance at the private Players Indoor Sports Center, at 1740 Quincy Ave. on Naperville’s far west side.

Marquez pleaded guilty to the aggravated battery charge. Companion counts of resisting or obstructing a police officer causing injury, aggravated battery in a public place and disorderly conduct/breach of peace were dismissed in exchange for that plea, court records indicated.

Judge John J. Kinsella on Monday accepted Marquez’s plea and imposed the jail term, records showed. Kinsella also ordered Marquez to serve 20 days in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, or SWAP, placed him on 2 1/2 years of probation and ordered him to undergo counseling and substance abuse testing, according to records.

Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said police were called to the sports center following complaints that Marquez was “shining a green laser in soccer players’ eyes and causing a disturbance” during their match.

Marquez “ultimately resisted arrest while being taken into custody” by an off-duty officer who had been sent to the scene, Cammiso said in December. Marquez injured one of the officer’s shoulders during their scuffle, Cammiso said.

Paramedics took the officer to Edward Hospital in Naperville. He underwent treatment there for his injury and was then released.

No injuries were reported by any of the soccer players who were targeted by the laser. Cammiso added Marquez was not a member of either team, and no one knew why he was in attendance.

Laser pens or pointers are used as tools in classrooms and seminars. They can be dangerous when shone into the eyes of aircraft pilots during flight, a crime that now carries a potential prison sentence upon conviction.

Marquez’s arrest put him in violation of the terms of the sentence he received for a Dec. 13, 2012 burglary in Aurora. A Kane County judge in March 2013 convicted him of that crime, ordered him to serve six months in jail and placed him on two years of probation, court records indicated.

The probation violation charge was settled last March 20, when a judge ordered Marquez to perform 50 hours of community service work, records showed.

Players Indoor Sports Center is a 95,000-square-foot facility housing “one of the largest varieties of athletic and entertainment equipment in the area,” according to the company’s website.