GARY, Ind. -- Police arrested a Naperville man wielding a machete and carrying a suitcase who walked onto the Petro truck stop property at 3001 Grant St., Gary, shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday.
Paul DeJerld, 42, faces charges of carjacking, criminal confinement and criminal recklessness. He allegedly ignored Patrolman Keith Richardson’s order to drop the weapon, instead saying he had a bomb in the suitcase. DeJerld kept walking toward Richardson, who used his stun gun to stop the man, police spokesperson Cpl. Gabrielle King said. The man pulled the prongs off and started running, with Richardson and Patrolman Isiah Price in pursuit.
DeJerld jumped into a parked tractor-trailer that was nearby and started driving off, aimed at the two officers, police said. The 61-year-old truck driver, who had been asleep in the cab, woke up and pulled the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. DeJerld jumped out and ran, and again was not subdued by strikes with a stun gun. Police eventually caught DeJerld, who fought with officers until he could be handcuffed.
Later, police discovered the suitcase contained some books.