Tenant’s van burned, landlord attacked
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org April 29, 2013 11:07PM
Updated: June 1, 2013 6:39AM
LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP — Police say a landlord/tenant dispute escalated into arson and battery incidents over the weekend.
At 10:50 p.m. Saturday, Will County sheriff’s police were called to the 400 block of Connors Avenue where a Dodge van had been set on fire in a carport, apparently intentionally, according to police. Firefighters extinguished the fire, and no one was injured.
Deputy Police Chief Ken Kaupas said the van belongs to Keith Krentkowski, 47, who’s renting the home from the man who lives next door, Anthony “Bindi” Rock, 73.
Krentkowski told police that since he and his family moved in in the middle of March, they’ve been harassed and threatened by Rock.
On April 15, Krentkowski was questioned after Rock reported tools had been stolen from his garage, Kaupas said. He said police investigated and “found no indications the tenant had been involved or that a burglary had occurred.”
Krentkowski accused Rock of setting his van afire because Rock was upset that the rent payment was late, according to police.
At 10:52 p.m. Sunday, police returned to the scene after several people were involved in a loud disturbance outside, Kaupas said. Police entered Krentkowski’s home to find Rock in the kitchen with a swollen eye and cuts on his head.
Before being taken to Silver Cross Hospital, Rock told sheriff’s police that he saw the rear sliding-glass door had been shattered at the rental home and went inside to ask Krentkowski about it when he was “sucker punched,” Kaupas said.
Krentkowski told police Rock came in carrying a pry bar and made threats, and he punched Rock because he felt threatened.
Kaupas said Krentkowski acknowledged breaking the glass door Saturday night in frustration over his van being damaged.
Both the fire and the alleged battery are under investigation, but no charges had been filed as of Monday night.