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Naperville man gets jail in ‘pirate sword’ attack

A man from central Naperville has been sentenced to jail for slashing a neighbor’s arm with a 3-foot-long, novelty pirate sword last summer during an argument.

Phillip K. Heade, 52, pleaded guilty Wednesday in DuPage County Circuit Court to misdemeanor charges of battery causing bodily harm and unlawful use of a weapon. A companion charge of battery was dismissed in exchange for that plea, said Paul Darrah, spokesman for State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin.

Judge Jane H. Mitton sentenced Heade to 60 days in DuPage County Jail. Darrah said Heade spent 39 days in jail following his arrest, and with day-for-day credit for good behavior, has already completed his term and been released.

Mitton also placed Heade on a year of conditional discharge, a form of probation, and ordered him to pay a total of $779 in fines and court costs, Darrah said.

Heade lives on the 500 block of Fessler Avenue, in the Villages of West Glen neighborhood southwest of 75th Street and Modaff Road. Naperville police arrested him about 11 p.m. July 4 near his home.

One of Heade’s neighbors was in his own garage “when he made eye contact and exchanged words with” a man later identified as Heade, police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said in July. Heade at the time was walking in front of the other man’s house.

Heade went to his own home and “returned five minutes later and entered the victim’s garage with a novelty pirate sword,” Cammiso said. Heade waved the sword at the other man, “ultimately striking the victim (and) cutting his arm,” Cammiso said.

The metallic sword measured about 3 feet from the handle to the tip of the blade. Cammiso said the man’s injury was not serious.

Heade found himself in trouble again about six weeks later, after damaging the interior of a house where he had done landscaping work and other jobs.

He was arrested about 7:36 p.m. Aug. 21 at a house on the 700 block of West Gartner Road, which is in the Hobson West area of central Naperville and a short distance north of Heade’s home.

Cammiso in August said an advertisement on the Craigslist website led to Heade’s being hired to do odd jobs inside the house and yard work. Heade also stayed in the home for several days, Cammiso said.

“Heade’s work was not of good quality, so he was fired,” Cammiso said. After the homeowner refused to pay the negotiated $150 fee, an argument ensued, and “Heade kicked a hole in one of the victim’s interior doors,” Cammiso said.

Heade on Sept. 16 was convicted of a charge of criminal trespass to land. He paid an unspecified amount of fines and legal costs to settle that matter.

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