Crime & Courts

Ex-con who attacked woman in Joliet fled from officers, caught at gas station, police say

An ex-con wanted in connection with a domestic battery fled from officers by jumping from a second story window of a residence but was eventually caught at a gas station, police said.

About 2:30 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to a residence in the 2400 block of River Bend Drive for a welfare check after receiving numerous 911 hang-up calls, said Joliet police Sgt. Dwayne English.

Officers investigating the incident learned a woman had been punched and choked by 34-year-old Eric Tyler, English said. Tyler had also tossed the woman’s cellphone at her, striking her in the eye, he said.

“Tyler continued to chase the victim around the residence threatening to harm her,” English said.

The woman was able to escape and was taken to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, English said.

Officers learned Tyler fled the residence, he said.

A short time later, another 911 call came through and indicated Tyler returned to the residence, English said. Officers went to arrest Tyler but learned he jumped from a second story window, he said.

Officers searched the area and discovered a man matching his description was at the 4802 Caton Farm Road BP station, English said.

Tyler was found at the gas station and arrested, English said. He was taken to the Will County jail.

Tyler was charged in 2019 with unlawfully carrying a .380-caliber pistol after he was convicted of a 2008 armed robbery in Joliet, court records show.

Because of that case, prosecutors are seeking to revoke the conditional discharge he received after he pleaded guilty to punching a man in 2018 at Sidelines Sports Bar, 2006 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, records show.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News