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Man Trespassing at Mental Health Center Vows to do it Again

A local man was recently found trespassing on the grounds of the recently closed mental health center with his two sons. One of them is blind, he told police, and prefers to avoid high-traffic areas.

When cops stopped a repeat offender who was illegally walking across the grounds at the last week, he told them he'd return the next day.

issued a local ordinance citation around 11:50 a.m. Aug. 7 to a 39-year-old local man who was found crossing the property of the at 7400 W. 183rd St., . He had his two children in tow, according to the report.

The man told police his son was legally blind and prefers to avoid walking down major roadways, they said. A security guard at the center told police he had warned the man several times before and said he, "not only disregards the warnings, but uses expletive language against state security."

After receiving the notice, the man reportedly told police he'd be back on the property the next day "to prove a point."

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Do you think this man was in the right?

Carolyn Warren August 18, 2012 at 03:56 AM
If my family were to walk to the Tinley Park Library from our house-the route through the closed facility would be the most logical and safest option.
KMK August 18, 2012 at 04:47 AM
and as soon as one of the trespassers gets injured on the 'state property' they'll be hiring a lawyer and suing the state for their negligence!!
lvent August 18, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Thank Governor Quinn. He closed 7 of these. He created 7 eye sores and cost Illinois taxpayers more jobs and more money. I didn't vote for him after I heard the so called Hardest Hit fund money that was supposed to help struggling homeowners stay in their homes disappeared.
Joanne Buckwalter August 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I use that road all the time to go to the library, what is the big deal he's only walking through not destroying the property..
Sarah Hoppenstedt January 16, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Hi Rich. I just read your post and I am a bit curious. The murals and architecture, is that stuff that is from the mental health center? Stuff that the patients made? This story is really interesting. From what I have seen Tinley Park Mental Health center has beautiful grounds. And as you said, lots of history. I think people should be allowed to walk the grounds, Let's just hope that people don't try to break into the buildings! I would go there to walk the grounds, interesting walk.

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