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Crime & Courts

Police: Man claiming to be Jesus charged in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – A man who claimed to be Jesus Christ was charged Sunday morning with criminal trespass after he wouldn’t leave Hotel Baker in downtown St. Charles, according to a St. Charles Police Department report.

Joseph Jeffery Hlatko, 51, of the 200 block of South Second Street, St. Charles, reportedly went to the hotel at 100 W. Main St. after locking his keys in his car. Hotel staff, however, asked him to leave because he was acting irrationally, police reported.

He reportedly told police that because he was Jesus Christ and this was the second coming, he did not have to leave the premises.

Hlatko was charged with criminal trespass to real property. As police handcuffed him, Hlatko said the officer was Satan, police reported.

Police found a stainless steel steak knife with a 6-inch blade in Hlatko’s front left pocket. He told police he had it for protection, according to the report.

Hlatko, who was uncooperative with police, also was charged with obstructing and resisting police, according to the report.

He was released on his own recognizance with the condition he wouldn’t return to Hotel Baker, police reported. He is due at the Kane County Branch Court on June 13.

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