Lake County, IL – 79-Year-Old Man Arrested on Domestic Charges After Incident with Cane, Knife

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Gurnee, IL – Police arrested 79-year-old Robert E. Derham late Thursday night following a domestic dispute where he allegedly assaulted a 59-year-old woman with a cane and threatened her with a knife. 

According to Gurnee police reports the incident occurred in the 2400 block of Wembley Ct., leading to a tense standoff. Officers, forced to intervene by entering the home, reported that Derham barred the woman from exiting, escalating the situation despite police commands. In the process, a responding officer sustained a minor injury.

Derham faces several charges, including domestic battery with bodily harm, aggravated assault, and resisting a police officer. Concurrently, a second individual, Henry Diaz, 50, was arrested on an unrelated warrant during the police action.

The local police are urging community members affected by domestic violence to reach out for support through available resources or contact the Gurnee Police Department directly at 847-599-7000.

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