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Ex-Con Charged With Assaulting Naperville Cop

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (STMW) -- A convicted burglar, car thief and would-be forger is free on bond and awaiting trial, after allegedly assaulting a west suburban Naperville police officer during a disturbance at the man's home.

Nathan M. Pope, 30, has an arraignment date pending in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault of a peace officer or volunteer, according to court records.

Pope was arrested about 1:01 p.m. Feb. 22 at his home on the 100 block of East Bailey Road, in an apartment or condominium complex near Washington Street in the central part of the city.

Sgt. Bill Davis said police were sent there to investigate and settle a domestic quarrel. During their investigation, "Pope was uncooperative, and subsequently tried to strike one of the officers," Davis wrote in an email.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

Pope has an extensive criminal record in DuPage County that dates back more than 15 years. He was sentenced to 60 days in DuPage County Jail after being found guilty of fleeing from the scene of a May 1998 traffic crash in Lombard, court records showed.

A judge in November 2000 ordered Pope to serve three years in a boot camp-style program run by the Illinois Department of Corrections. That followed his convictions for stealing or being in possession of two vehicles stolen earlier that year in Carol Stream and Glen Ellyn, records indicated.

Pope in January 2005 was sentenced to three years in prison, for burglaries he committed in April 2003 in Glen Ellyn and Lombard, according to records. That sentence also took into account an August 2004 burglary attempt in Wheaton, records showed.

He was most recently sentenced to six months in jail in May 2011, in connection with a November 2010 theft in Woodridge, records indicated. He served that term concurrent with a six-month sentence he received on a charge of attempted forgery in Clarendon Hills, according to records.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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