from the Circuit Court of De Kalb County. No. 13-CF-537
Honorable Robert P. Pilmer, Judge, Presiding.
JUSTICE BURKE delivered the judgment of the court, with
opinion. Justices Zenoff and Schostok concurred in the
judgment and opinion.
1 Defendant, Patrick Steger, was charged by information with
one count of felony disorderly conduct (720 ILCS 5/26-1(a)(6)
(West 2012)) and by complaint with one count of misdemeanor
disorderly conduct (id. § 26-1(a)(1)). The
felony information alleged that, on or about August 2, 2013,
"knowingly called 911 for the purpose of making a false
complaint and reporting information when at the time the call
or transmission was made, he knew there was no reasonable
ground for making the call and further knew that the call
could result in the emergency response of any public safety
agency in that said defendant called 911 and reported that he
needed an officer with the State Police to remove his child
because the Deputy on scene was unwilling to do his
misdemeanor complaint alleged that, on or about August 2,
"knowingly stood outside the residence of [the
complainant, Debra, ] after being arrested for Disorderly
Conduct to which [Debra's] Fiancé was the victim[,
] in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm and disturb
[Debra] and provoke a breach of peace."
2 Following a jury trial, defendant was convicted of both
counts and sentenced to 24 months' conditional discharge.
Defendant contends that the evidence was insufficient to
convict him on either count. We affirm.
3 I. FACTS
4 The following facts were taken from the trial. Debra and
defendant had a romantic relationship when they were both
teenagers. During that time, they had a son, N.E., who was
five years old at the time of trial. Debra later married
Mark, and she and Mark lived together with N.E. in Sycamore,
Illinois. Defendant lived in Algonquin, Illinois. Defendant
had scheduled visitations with N.E. The custody exchanges
took place at the McDonald's in Genoa.
5 Debra testified that on Friday, August 2, 2013, she and
Mark drove N.E. to McDonald's for a custody exchange as
scheduled. When they pulled into the parking lot, they saw
the police handcuffing defendant and placing him into the
back of a squad car. Debra knew that charges had been filed
against defendant for a prior incident that had occurred
between Mark and defendant. The police told Debra that they
would let defendant stop at an ATM to retrieve money to
"bond out" and that someone would call them about
the custody exchange. Debra and Mark knew that the exchange
would still take place later that day.
6 Debra, Mark, and N.E. drove home. At some point, Debra
looked out her window and saw defendant in the side yard
between her house and the neighbor's house. Then she saw
defendant run across the street. Defendant placed his hands
behind his head, crossed his feet, and leaned back against a
street sign. He stood there for about two to five minutes.
Defendant did not knock on the door, make any gestures, or
say or yell anything. This "freaked [her] out"
because defendant was not allowed to come to her home;
"that's why we do the exchanges at a public
place." Then Debra saw defendant run back across the
street onto her side of the road and he disappeared from
view. Debra called the nonemergency police line to report
that defendant had been standing across the street from her
7 Mark testified that he and Debra did not get along with
defendant. Mark was involved in the custody exchanges, which
were sometimes difficult. Mark noted an exchange that
happened in June 2013 at the De Kalb County Sheriff's
office. As Mark entered, defendant jumped out of a chair and
ran to get closer to him and N.E. Mark placed his hands on
N.E.'s shoulders to say goodbye, and defendant leaned
over and threatened Mark, stating: "If you touch my son
again, I will rip your fucking head off." Mark testified
that this made him nervous, and he backed away so as not to
escalate the situation in front of N.E.
8 Mark also related another encounter with defendant, in July
2013 at the De Kalb County courthouse. He and defendant were
in the same courtroom, and Mark waited for defendant to leave
the room first to avoid any altercation. When Mark left, he
saw defendant sitting on a bench in the hallway outside of
the courtroom. Mark tried to walk past him, but defendant got
up and threatened Mark, stating: "If you touch my son
again, I will fucking burn you." Mark stated that this
frightened him ...