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Angry Dad Accused of Pulling Knife on Schoolkids at Tinley Bus Stop

Police arrested a local man Wednesday night after they say he threatened a handful of kids waiting for the bus. Frightened kids hid behind bushes and trees.

A local man was charged with reckless conduct Wednesday after police said he pulled a knife on a group of kids while they were waiting to board their bus to elementary school.

John J. Lucas, 38, was arrested around 8:50 p.m. Wednesday at his home in the 7100 block of West 173rd Street in Tinley Park. Police said that around 8:20 a.m. that day, Lucas showed up at a bus stop in the 6600 block of 171st Street where six children were waiting for their ride to . He began yelling and swearing at the kids, according to the report.

The incident first came to light when the school's principal called because several of his students were frightened, the report said.

"All six students relayed that (Lucas) arrived at the bus stop with a knife and threatened to stab (two of the children's) stepfather … in the eye with a knife," the report said.

He told the children if they were mean to his daughter that he would "come after them," one child told police, in the report. Police said Lucas' daughter was also on the corner waiting for bus to arrive. She later told police that "her father, John, did go to the bus stop with a knife," the report said.

One boy began crying during the ordeal and hid with a girl behind a bush near the stop, police said. He no longer wants to wait there before school. Another girl—also reluctant to return to that spot—said she hid behind a tree.

Police interviewed all six children and they all told the same story, according to the report. One identified the blade as a pocket knife.

Police went to Lucas' home in the evening, where he said he "confronted children at the bus stop," the report said. He said he did not wield a knife.

Five parents signed complaints against Lucas on behalf of their children— two 9-year-olds, one 7-year-old and a 10-year-old, the report said.

Lucas faces five counts of reckless conduct. His bail was set at $1,500.

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Julie Shaunnessey September 30, 2011 at 03:32 AM
Ok what a jerk! You ever make my kids cry? I'm at your door step! Poor kids do not need to see or hear that! Makes me very angry to sat the least!
Deb Melchert September 30, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Takes a real man to confront 7-10 year olds with a knife. Hope the parents press for the maximum sentence and or fine
Patricia September 30, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Wreckless conduct? What about Child endangerment,emotional abuse....flippin idiot!
Kathy September 30, 2011 at 04:26 PM
$1500 bail after pulling a knife on six children?? That is ridiculous. He'll be out on the street for $150 and who knows what he'll do if he's that unbalanced? He should remained locked up for threatening such little children!
Titan Dad September 30, 2011 at 05:25 PM
what would a tinley patch story be without the "pearls of wisdom" of deb melchert. check out hobby lobby or micheals for something to do.
Deb Melchert September 30, 2011 at 05:43 PM
BEAV, I've got plenty of hobbies, thanks. Common sense says if you're so familiar with my "pearls of wisdom", maybe you need a hobby.
Titan Dad September 30, 2011 at 08:37 PM
deb,actually i have only been on this site a few times.(too busy with work and family stuff, today was my day off of work) and all i see are your "nosey rose" ramblings everywhere. im guessing that the southtown star speak out section lost its appeal with the instantaneous satisfaction of this format. now if you will excuse me i have some needlepoint and mountain biking to do. i will check back in a couple weeks.
Deb Melchert September 30, 2011 at 08:56 PM
BEAV, in the time since my last comment, I've done 3 loads of laundry, fed my grandson, gave him a bottle and put him down for a nap. Got dinner ready and completed a few business transactions online. When time permits, at least in between my volunteer work with 6 different organizations, I like to ride my Harley or go to the gun range. So, I have plenty to do, thank you very much. As far as my "nosey rose" ramblings, what gives you the right to attack me or anyone else here? Since you seem to have singled me out, at least have the guts to reveal true identity. Since I sincerely doubt you will post your real name and continue to hide behind an anonymous moniker, I promise this will be my last remarks directed to you. I learned at a young age to never try and match wits with an unarmed person. Enjoy your hobbies, I do mine.
TP Mom September 30, 2011 at 11:36 PM
Kids are at a bus stop at 6600 block of. 171st St. to a school with the address of 6601 W. 171st St.??????
Iwonder October 03, 2011 at 06:50 PM
My guess would be that his kid was being bullied by other kids on the bus stop & he was TRYING to scare them. My daughter was buillied for years & the parents did nothing. Some people only respond to fear. Either way...there's more to this story
Mick Radman October 06, 2011 at 04:34 PM
At first I was going to grab my pitchfork with the rest of you thinking this guy was a jerk...Reading further into it, if my daughter were being bullied I'd likely be at the bus stop with a chainsaw scarying the kids too...
elissa roldan October 26, 2011 at 05:46 PM
To Mack, I am the parent of two of the children, and for your information the news doesn't always give all of the details. The child that says she was getting bullied....guess what, she is just like her father. She is the bully. Don't be so naive, and a chainsaw, really, you should be in the same place he is......jail. Stupid doesn't look good on you
Moonglow August 23, 2012 at 01:54 PM
He gets arrested for his actions (as he should have) but the child being bullied on a school bus everyday does not have the same "justice" afforded to him by having the students arrested for assaulting him on the bus! Doesn't seem fair to me!

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