(STMW) — An employee of the security firm that screens entrances to the Lake County Building and Courthouse in north suburban Waukegan was arrested and jailed Thursday after bringing a plastic novelty gun through a screening station and allegedly making a threatening gesture to a court security officer, the Lake County News-Sun is reporting.

Richard McDaniel, 46, of Round Lake Beach, entered the Washington Street secondary entrance about 12:20 p.m. Thursday and got past screeners with a roughly 3-inch cigarette lighter in the shape of a gun, according to Chief Brian Keller of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Richard McDaniel (Lake County Jail)

Richard McDaniel (Lake County Jail)

McDaniel then touched a court security officer’s throat with the gun and said, “See, I could have shot you,” according to police.

He was immediately taken into custody and has been charged with aggravated battery, a Class 2 felony. He also faces an aggravated assault charge, a Class A misdemeanor. He was still in jail Friday afternoon on $100,000 bond.

Keller said representatives of U.S. Security Associates, the screening firm at the County Building, said McDaniel’s employment was terminated immediately following the incident. A second employee who may have known McDaniel had planned the act was also terminated, Keller said.

The cigarette lighter was primarily plastic but may have included a small metallic part near its flint, Keller said.

In a statement to investigators, McDaniel apologized for the incident and said what he had told the security officer was, “Look what I got in. You are out of here.”

Police said McDaniel worked as a screener at one the county’s branch courts, not the Waukegan courthouse where the incident took place.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


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