FREEPORT — A Freeport man faces criminal charges after he allegedly kicked and damaged the door of his ex-girlfriend’s home after being barred from contact with her.

Marquis A. Chatman, 29, was arrested around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Stephenson County Jail, where he was being held on other charges, Detective Lt. Andrew Schroeder said Wednesday. Chatman is charged with harassment via electronic communications, violating terms of his prior bail bond and criminal damage to government-supported property.

Freeport police were called at about 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 by Chatman’s ex-girlfriend, who reported that he showed up at her Willow Apartments unit in the 500 block of North Willow Avenue in the Freeport housing authority development, Schroeder said. A prior court order mandated that Chatman not have contact with her or be near her, he said, yet Chatman began kicking her door, damaging the door and frame.

Chatman also has been contacting his ex-girlfriend through the Facebook messenger application, violating the order imposed in a domestic battery case in July, Schroeder said.

Chatman remained in the Stephenson County Jail on Wednesday afternoon. His bond was set at $75,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.


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