Resisting arrest adds to man's charges

Benjamin Dillon

A girl told police she was unhurt, but frightened, after a man tried to take her from her grandparents’ Lebanon apartment in the middle of the night, according to court records.

The couple said they were sleeping June 3 when their door burst open and a stranger barged in and tried to take their granddaughter, police reported, adding that the man insisted he was taking the girl.

The grandparents called for police, who found Benjamin J. Dillon, 37, of Lebanon, outside the East Washington Street apartment on the sidewalk, shirtless, agitated and yelling, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Dillon insisted the girl was his daughter and was being hurt, Lebanon Police Officer Clark Lecher reported.

Dillon became aggressive with police, asking “why are you chesting me up,” and saying he was going to fight Lecher, Lecher reported.

Dillon refused to calm down, said he would fight all the officers present, and repeatedly threatened to kill them, two officers reported.

Lecher added that police and Dillon did end up fighting, and Dillon resisted handcuffs and did not succumb to multiple Taser strikes.

He continued to resist police, even when handcuffed, and was injured, Lecher reported. Dillon was medically evaluated at Witham Hospital, and Lecher suffered cuts on his arm and knees, according to court records.

Dillon has been arrested twice this year.

Someone called 911 March 2 to say a man was outside with a baseball bat and screaming on North Park Street.

Dillon was in his home when police arrived and he let them inside, where he directed them to a meth pipe in his kitchen, LPD Officer James Newland reported.

Police also found meth residue on a mirror and marijuana on a bong, according to court records.

Dillon spoke quickly and appeared to be under the influence of a stimulant, Newland reported.

In the March case, Dillon was charged with possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia.

In the June case, he is charged with burglary, resisting law enforcement, residential entry and intimidation.

Boone County Deputy Prosecutor Rachel Tate is seeking an enhanced penalty in the case of conviction because Dillon was convicted of marijuana possession in 2009. He is being held in the Boone County Jail.