UPDATE: Police Arrest Former D210 Employee for Outstanding Warrant
Michael Angel also was charged with obstructing justice after fleeing a Frankfort Police officer Tuesday. 'I got scared, and I ran away,' Angel told a judge Wednesday.
- UPDATE (4:27 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30): Information on Michael Angel's bond hearing.
A former Lincoln-Way High School District 210 employee accused of trespassing on school grounds after being fired was arrested by Frankfort Police on Tuesday on an outstanding failure-to-appear warrant that was issued this month.
Michael J. Angel, 42, of Frankfort, also was charged with obstructing justice after he fled from an officer who saw him entering an apartment complex on Nebraska Street on Tuesday, said Commander Kevin Keegan.
When the officer approached him, Angel fled on foot and was eventually apprehended in the 100 block of Center Road, Keegan added. He was brought to Will County Jail and released on $675 bail.
At Angel's bond hearing Wednesday, the judge asked him why he didn't obey the police officer.
"I got scared, and I ran away," Angel said.
The judge then set a $2,500 bail for obstruction of a peace officer, in addition to the $675 he already paid.
Angel was charged earlier this year with two counts of criminal trespassing on property at Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way East high schools, but he failed to appear in court twice, according to Will County court records.
On Aug. 16 Angel changed his initial plea to guilty, receiving one-year supervision, fines of $600 and permission to coach youth football on school grounds on certain weekdays in the fall, court records show.
However, state prosecutors scheduled another hearing on Aug. 30 to ask that Angel receive permission from D210’s superintendent before stepping on school grounds again.
Court records show that Angel did not attend the follow up hearing, nor did he attend a supervision hearing scheduled Nov. 15. Prosecutors are now seeking to revoke the judge’s Aug. 16 sentencing.
Angel last worked for the district a few years ago, but a security guard at Central told police he had seen Angel's van parked at the school on multiple occasions. At 3 a.m. on April 19, he took down the license plate.
Angel told police he was looking for a box he left at the schools that contained personal paperwork.
Each count of criminal trespassing, a Class B misdemeanor, carries a maximum penalty of six months in Will County Jail, with optional probation, or a maximum fine of $1,500.
New Lenox Patch Editor Michael Sewall and reporter Jesse Marx contributed to this report.