Crime & Courts

Man jailed after charged with urinating, exposing himself in Joliet

Homeless man was arrested twice before he was jailed on Monday

A homeless man has been jailed on warrants after he was charged with urinating on a public sidewalk in Joliet and exposing himself in a lewd manner.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m. Monday, officers on patrol saw Herbert Brooks Jr., 57, in the area of Collins and East Jackson streets, Joliet police said. Brooks is homeless and his only other known address is at the Franciscan House Shelter in Chicago, court records show.

“Having knowledge of above active warrants for Brooks, officers contacted Brooks and placed him into custody without incident,” police said.

Brooks was taken to the Will County jail. His bond was set at $30,000 bond.

Court records show two warrants were issued for Brooks’ arrest in two misdemeanor cases where he was charged with disorderly conduct and public indecency.

The public indecency charge stems from an incident on May 17 in Joliet where Brooks was accused of knowingly exposing himself “in a lewd manner with the intent to arouse or satisfy” his sexual desire, a criminal complaint said.

On that same day, officers responded to the 300 block of Collins Street and determined that Brooks was “seen by others urinating while standing on a public sidewalk,” police said.

Brooks was arrested and released on his own recognizance.

Brooks was then charged with disorderly conduct when officers responded on May 30 to Jackson and Collins streets for a report of a man urinating on a sidewalk.

Brooks was once again arrested and released on his own recognizance.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News