Lombard police arrest man on assault charges after ‘road rage’ incident

Jaris McCullum

A 23-year-old Chicago man with a lengthy criminal history in DuPage County is facing new aggravated assault charges following a “road rage” incident Monday afternoon in Lombard where he is accused of displaying a firearm.

Police said Jaris McCullum was the driver of a vehicle wanted in connection with an altercation with another driver near the intersection of Roosevelt Road and Main Street at about 5 p.m. Monday.

McCullum was accused of displaying a handgun at another driver. When police searched McCullum’s vehicle they recovered a BB gun “that closely resembled a firearm,” authorities said.

A passenger in McCullum’s vehicle was not charged and was let go.

McCullum was granted pretrial release and is due back in court May 1, court records show.

McCullum has faced numerous charges in DuPage County in the past, including a case where he was arrested in 2019 for threatening a female student at Glenbard East High School in Lombard and her boyfriend.

In that case, police said he messaged the girl and threatened to shoot her boyfriend at the school and harm her.

While in custody at the DuPage County jail awaiting trial on felony charges related to the threats of violence at the school, McCullum picked up an additional felony charge for disassembling a sink and attempting to fashion a 12-inch piece of metal into a “shank,” according to court records. Deputies were able to intervene before McCullum was able to use the weapon.

He was charged as a felon in possession of a weapon in prison. He pleaded guilty in the weapon case and was sentenced to time served and probation. He also pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge in connection with the threat to the Glenbard East student, court records show.

He still owes nearly $2,000 in court fees and fines from those cases, court records show.

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