Thornton gas station standoff: Chicago man, 28, arrested

CHANNAHON, IL – Route 6 was closed to I-55, with a heavy police presence at the nearby Thornton gas station, just after 10 a.m. Sunday as Channahon police investigated a domestic violence incident which ended with the arrest of a 28 year old. Chicago man.

By mid-morning, Channahon police arrested Keyjuan Parker and his charges are pending, police said. Parker was taken to St. Joe’s Hospital to be evaluated by doctors.

At 9:11 a.m., Channahon Police learned that a domestic violence incident was in progress at Thornton gas station after callers saw a man punch a woman in the face and the woman screaming as the man continued to beat her, police said.

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When police arrived, the suspect’s car became stuck in snow as it drove through the gas station property between the convenience store and the rear parking lot for tractor-trailers, police said.

The woman escaped to safety and Parker retreated to his car and refused to surrender to police, authorities said.

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Channahon Police locked down the immediate area and Illinois State Police closed exits in both directions from Route 6.

A dozen police vehicles were seen in the area.

At 10:25 a.m., Parker went peacefully to the Thornton station, police said.

At 11:30 a.m., Thornton’s reopened to customers and Route 6 reopened in both directions to I-55.

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