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Two men were arrested on warrants in Fairbury after a disturbance was reported on Monday.

Douglas Beu, 48, and Jerry J. Barnes, 45, both of Fairbury, were each arrested on warrants. Barnes was also arrested for resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, escape and attempted burglary following the incident.

Shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, officers with the Fairbury Police Department were dispatched to Maatsch’s Express on 14th Street for a disturbance.

According to a press release, police were informed that one of the subjects was Beu, who had an active warrant out of Jefferson County.

When officers arrived, they observed a male subject exiting the store and walking around the corner of the building. The officer was informed that the male subject that walked out of the store was Barnes.

The officers knew that Barnes also had an active warrant out of Jefferson County. When additional units arrived, they were directed to a white car on the eastside of the parking lot with a male subject inside who was identified as Beu. Beu was taken into custody without incident.

The officer looking for Barnes was contacted by the Jefferson County Dispatch Center and informed that a male subject matching the description of Barnes was seen running behind K&D Liquor, in the 1300 block of E Street. When the officer arrived in the area, he observed Barnes near the area of 12th and D streets.

The press release stated the officer exited his patrol unit and told Barnes that he was under arrest. Barnes ran from the officer, who eventually lost sight of him. When additional units arrived to search for Barnes, he was located running west in between houses.

Officers attempted to contact him in the alley behind the Fairbury City Museum, but when Barnes saw the officer, he turned around and ran eastbound. Officers then observed him running southbound on A Street towards 11th Street, where officers caught up to Barnes and placed him in custody after a brief struggle.

Later, after Barnes was released, police received a call from a residence in the 1100 block of B Street regarding an attempted break in. The officer was informed that a male subject, who was identified as Barnes, went to the back door of the residence and began banging on it. When the female answered, Barnes attempted to push his way into the house.

The female attempted to hold him back but she began losing her grip on him, according to the press release. After a short struggle, the family’s dog came charging into the back room towards the door. At that point, Barnes gave up and took off running from the residence. Barnes is being held with no bond and Beu has since posted bond. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.



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