DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced Dec. 15 that bond has been set at $250,000 against a Joliet man charged with making threatening phone calls directed at a former DuPage County Judge as well as the Westmont Chief of Police and a Westmont police Officer. Michael Kirollos, 30, appeared in Bond Court Thursday where Judge Richard Russo set the bond in both cases.
It is alleged that on December 9, 2016, Kirollos called the Westmont Police Department and left a message in which he threatened to blow up the Westmont Police Department and kill the Westmont Police Chief and a Westmont Police Officer. It is alleged that on the same day, Kirollos left a message with the Misdemeanor Division of the DuPage County Courthouse in which he threatened to kill former Judge Mary Beth O’Connor. Both alleged voicemails were discovered by authorities on December 12. An investigation into the matter led to Kirollos who was located at his father’s house in Joliet. On December 14 Kirollos was taken into custody by the Joliet Police Department after a brief scuffle. He is charged with three counts of Threatening a Public Official, a Class 3 Felony.
“Public servants have a difficult enough job to do and should not have to worry about their own personal safety,” Berlin said. “Any threat, real or perceived, made against a public employee or elected official, will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I would like to thank the Westmont and Joliet Police Departments as well as the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office for their fine work on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Lindt for her efforts.”
Kirollos’ next court appearance is scheduled for December 27 in front of Judge Brian Telander.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.