Law and Order, Local Police Reports, Park Forest

Felony Domestic Battery for Man Who Allegedly Choked a Woman

Felony domestic battery where the South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT) was deployed.
A member of the South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT) – Credit: SSERT on Facebook.

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A man was charged with felony aggravated domestic battery after allegedly choking a woman in a situation where the South Suburban Emergency Response Team was activated.

Latreal Veal, 28, 5158 Keith Dr., Richton Park, was arrested on July 14 and charged with felony aggravated domestic battery, domestic battery, and resisting a peace officer after police responded to the 400 block of Natoma Street to investigate a report of domestic battery.

Officers were notified by SouthCom Dispatch that the caller advised she was allegedly choked until she passed out and was afraid that her alleged offender was going to hurt her child, according to police.

When police arrived, the complainant told them she was at the residence when she and Mr. Veal got into an argument about her job, according to police. Mr. Veal then told her that she could leave with their son, according to police. As she was starting to gather her property and her son’s property, Mr. Veal allegedly began striking her, according to police.

Mr. Veal allegedly struck her in the nose, mouth, and eye, according to the report. Mr. Veal then allegedly choked her but she told police that she did not lose consciousness, according to police. “After approximately five minutes of being choked,” Mr. Veal released her, according to the report. She then walked outside and called her mother who lives in Milwaukee. Her mother called 911 and spoke with SouthCom Dispatch, according to police.

The alleged victim did not want to be transported to a hospital, according to the report. She told police that Mr. Veal was inside the residence with their six-month-old son, according to police.

Police went up to the door of the residence and knocked on it. Mr. Veal opened the front door and stood in the doorway, according to police. Mr. Veal allegedly refused to provide police his name or any information regarding the alleged altercation, according to police.

An officer told Mr. Veal he was under arrest on suspicion of domestic battery, according to police. Mr. Veal allegedly refused to exit the residence, according to police.

A second officer then deployed his Taser at Mr. Veal, according to police. Immediately after the Taser was deployed, Mr. Veal allegedly slammed the front door, according to police. Officers then surrounded the residence to create a perimeter, according to police. An officer at the scene requested that additional officers responded from neighboring towns, according to police. This officer, a Commander, contacted the South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT) and that unit was activated, according to police.

A Park Forest Detective also responded to possibly draft a search warrant, according to police.

Mr. Veal’s mother then arrived at the scene, spoke with an officer from Park Forest, contacted Mr. Veal, who finally agreed to exit the house and hand over his child to his mother, according to police. Mr. Veal then exited the home while holding his infant son, according to police.

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