Crime & Courts

Algonquin police tase 'irate' man at Walmart pharmacy

Juan Tello-Alanis, 26, of Lake in the Hills.
Juan Tello-Alanis, 26, of Lake in the Hills.

A Lake in the Hills man remained at the McHenry County Jail on Friday afternoon after grabbing a Walmart pharmacy worker and threatening police, who eventually used a Taser to subdue the man, officials said.

Algonquin police responded about 3:15 p.m. Thursday to a report of an “irate customer” who was threatening pharmacy employees, Algonquin Deputy Police Chief Ryan Markham said.

While waiting for a prescription Thursday, 26-year-old Juan Tello-Alanis reportedly grabbed a pharmacy worker by the shoulder and refused to leave, despite employees’ efforts to have him escorted from the building, Markham said.

Tello-Alanis is accused of “charging” at the responding officers.

“He was yelling to our officers that he was going to kill them,” Markham said.

Police eventually used a Taser to stop Tello-Alanis, allowing officers to handcuff him while he was on the floor.

He was taken to Centegra Hospital – Huntley for a minor injury to his head, and later taken to the McHenry County Jail, where he remained Friday on a $15,000 bond.

Tello-Alanis is charged with battery, disorderly conduct and aggravated assault to a peace officer. The most serious charge, aggravated assault to a peace officer, typically is punishable by one to three years in prison.

It is unclear whether drugs or alcohol were involved, or what Tello-Alanis was attempting to pick up at the pharmacy.

Tello-Alanis is due back in court Aug. 31.

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