An Illinois Parolee, just two months shy of the termination of parole, is now being charged with felony aggravated battery and a parole violation after allegedly causing a disturbance at Christ Advocate Hospital while visiting his brother on Monday September 10th at about 7:30 p.m.
Tywon Meeks is facing the charges after a uniformed and armed public safety officer at the hospital asked Meeks to leave after he was allegedly belligerent near the emergency room. According to the hospital, Meeks was visiting his brother who had suffered a gunshot wound.
When Meeks became angry in the emergency room, the staff asked him to leave. According to the hospital, he began to jump around and yell at the staff which caused the security personnel to be called over. According to the security officer, Meeks was asked to leave several times but refused.
Another security officer was soon on the scene to assist and together they began a process of requesting that he leave five times and being told no five times. Each time Meeks refused to leave, he allegedly backed away and then began to dance.
The security officers claimed that Meeks advanced toward them aggressively but eventually they turned him around and he was forced to exit the emergency room doors. The officers claim that Meeks did not give up and instead assumed an “aggressive stance” to prepare for a fight. He continued to approach and then back away from the officers apparently like a boxer advancing and retreating in the ring.
Eventually, the officers claimed that Meeks reached out and pushed the left side of one of the officer’s faces. The officers eventually were able to move Meeks to the drop off area of the ER where they held him on the ground until guiding him into a wheelchair to wait for the Oak Lawn police. The hospital’s officers claim that at one point, Meeks unexpectedly attempted to grab one of the officer’s guns but he was overpowered.
When Oak Lawn’s officers arrived, Meeks was allegedly confused about what had occurred and denied the incident occurred. At the lockup, he allegedly asked a lot of questions but didn’t provide any answers. He eventually requested treatment for his injuries and was transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital due to Christ Hospital filing a trespassing complaint against him moments ago.
The Cook County State’s Attorney approved a felony charge of aggravated battery. Meeks, a 27 year old black male, with a Chicago address, was on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections. According to available state records, Meeks entered the custody of the state prison system on July 16, 2015 for a conviction of felony possession or unlawful use of a firearm. The sentence was three years but he had been released and on parole since November 9, 2016. The parole discharge date was November 9, 2018 but the Illinois Department of Corrections has indicated that it will file a charge for violation of parole.
For the new charge, Meeks was given a $300,000 bond and is in the custody of the Cook County Sheriff, according to public records available at press time. No information regarding his brother’s gunshot wound was made available.