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Crime & Courts

Peru man arrested for making threat to school

Voicemail left at Sen. Rezin's Peru office

Steven Tutko
Steven Tutko

A Peru man was arrested Tuesday for leaving a voicemail message with State Sen. Sue Rezin's office threatening to commit a mass shooting at "a school," according to police.

Steven A. Tutko, 33, was taken into custody early Tuesday afternoon by the Peru Police Department's emergency response team and charged with a Class 4 felony of threat to a school building or person.

On Monday, Peru police responded to Rezin's Peru office, which received a voicemail from a person who made specific threats, including making a threat to commit a mass shooting at an unidentified school, according to a press release from Peru police.

"For obvious reason the matter was treated as the highest of priorities and overnight efforts to identify a potential suspect continued," according to the press release. "The threat was only to 'a school' with no specific school, city or county mentioned or named. As a precaution, the appropriate measures were taken to make sure local schools were safe and secure."

Based on their investigation, police identified a person of interest by Tuesday morning and presented the facts to the La Salle County State's Attorney's Office. A felony charge against the defendant was approved and a warrant was signed by a judge around noon Tuesday. At the same time, police obtained a search warrant for the defendant's residence. The home was placed under police surveillance after the suspect was identified and while the warrants were being obtained.

At 12:45 p.m. the emergency response team executed the search warrant and took Tutko into custody. The response team (PERT) is a tactical response team consisting of members of the police department who have undergone special training in tactical response and search warrant tactics. The state's attorney's office and Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center also assisted during the investigative phase.

Tutko served some jail time for driving on a license revoked due to a DUI.

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