Crime & Courts

Man caused scare at Joliet BP gas station, police say

Man banged on vehicle window, screamed, police said

A Joliet man reportedly scared another man at a gas station by banging on the window of his vehicle and screaming that he was being followed, police said.

Edwin Roman, 56, of the 700 block of Terrance Ferry Drive is also suspected of puncturing one of the vehicle’s tires with an unknown object, said Joliet police Sgt. Dwayne English.

About 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, officers responded to the BP gas station at 1415 Plainfield Road for a report of a disturbance, English said.

Officers arrived and determined that Roman had approached a vehicle occupied by a man, English said.

Roman banged on the vehicle’s window, screamed at the man and accused him of following him, English said.

“It was determined that the victim did not know Roman and was alarmed by his actions,” English said.

He said it was “unknown why Roman was following the victims.”

After the altercation, the man noticed damage to one of their vehicle’s tires, English said. He said Roman is suspected of damaging that tire.

Officers arrested Roman on a charge of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

Roman was previously in the Will County jail for a 2018 domestic battery case and a 2019 burglary case, according to jail records. He pleaded guilty to both charges, according to court records.