The Evergreen Park man who first accused Jackie Robinson West of cheating was arrested early Tuesday on misdemeanor charges after he said he drunkenly attempted to enter a neighbor’s house by mistake.
Chris Janes, 39, was charged with disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer, Evergreen Park police Capt. Pete Donovan said. Janes also was issued municipal citations for public intoxication and use of threatening and vulgar language in public, Donovan said.
At 1:09 a.m. Tuesday, a woman told police that after she pulled into her driveway a man who she didn’t recognize and was later identified as Janes chased her into her house, banged on her door, yelled obscenities and threatened her husband, Donovan said.
After officers arrested Janes, he refused to identify himself, struggled with officers and verbally abused paramedics who treated him for a minor cut on his arm, Donovan said.
Janes told DNAinfo.com that after having too much to drink he headed home but “went to the wrong house and scared some poor people.”
“I'm embarrassed. I feel awful. I’m very sorry to my neighbors that I scared. I didn’t know them and they don’t know me. I just had a conversation with my family about how foolish I am,” Janes said.
Janes has faced death threats since the Jackie Robinson West Little League team was stripped of its national title last month. Janes, a top official in the neighboring Evergreen Park league, was the first to ask Little League International to look into why suburban kids played for the Jackie Robinson West team, which was supposed to be made up of kids who either lived or went to school in Chicago.
“This is in no way a reflection of Evergreen Park Athletic Association Little League whatsoever," Janes said Tuesday. "I hope people don’t bridge the two together.”
Little League officials ruled last month that Jackie Robinson West adults had improperly altered the boundaries of the league to grab star players.
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