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Ex-con with laser pen accused of harming Naperville cop

A convicted burglar from Aurora faces trial for allegedly injuring a Naperville police officer during a scuffle, after police said the man used a laser pointer to irritate members of a soccer team playing a match inside a private sports facility.

Raul Marquez is free on $7,500 bond and awaiting trial in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton. He is charged with felony resisting or obstructing a police officer causing injury and two counts of disorderly conduct/breach of peace, court records showed.

Marquez, 20, was arrested about 8:27 p.m. Sunday following the disturbance at Players Indoor Sports Center, at 1740 Quincy Ave. on Naperville’s far west side. A written Naperville police report stated Marquez was arrested after using a laser pointer or pen to annoy members of a soccer team, and later struggling with a police officer who was trying to arrest him.

Police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso confirmed Marquez was allegedly “shining a green laser in soccer players’ eyes and causing a disturbance” during their game.

Cammiso said Marquez was not a member of either team, and police do not know why he was in attendance.

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

The officer was taken by ambulance to Edward Hospital in Naperville, where he was treated for his injury and later released.

Cammiso said no injuries were reported by any of the soccer players who were allegedly targeted by the laser.

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 carries a potential prison sentence upon conviction.

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.

His most recent arrest apparently leaves Marquez in violation of the terms of the sentence he received for a Dec. 13, 2012 burglary in Aurora. Records indicated a Kane County judge on March 6 convicted him of that crime, ordered him to serve six months in jail and placed him on two years of probation.

Marquez is scheduled to appear Jan. 13 in DuPage County Circuit Court, to answer the charges in the Naperville case.

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