Two Arrested After Disturbance in Fairbury

FAIRBURY – Two people were arrested Monday afternoon after a disturbance at a Fairbury business.

Officers were dispatched to Maatsch’s Express on 14th Street around 3:15 p.m. after a reported disturbance. 48-year-old Douglas Beu of Fairbury was identified as one of the people involved and taken into custody without incident on an outstanding Jefferson County collections warrant.

When officers arrive they saw another man, identified as 45-year-old Jerry Barnes of Fairbury, exiting the store and walking around the corner of the building. Barnes also had an active warrant out of Jefferson County.

An officer looking for Barnes was informed that a man matching his description was seen running behind K&D Liquor in the 1300 block of E Street. The officer located Barnes near 12th and D Streets and told Barnes he was under arrest. Barnes ran from the officer and was chased on foot until police lost sight of him.

More officers arrived and located Barnes running west between houses. Police tried to contact Barnes in the alley behind the Fairbury City Museum but Barnes ran back to the east and south on A Street.

Officers finally caught Barnes near 11th and A Streets and arrested him after a brief struggle.

After police released Barnes to the Jefferson County Jail they received a call reporting an attempted break-in at a home in the 1100 block of B Street. Officers were told that a man identified as Barnes banged on the back door of the home and when a woman answered he tried to push his way inside. The woman tried to hold him back until the family dog charged toward the door and Barnes gave up and ran away.

Barnes is being held without bond on felony charges of attempted burglary and escape as well as misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer. Beu posted bond and was released.

Fairbury Police were assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

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