ROME — Police were called to a mobile-home park after a confrontation between two men involving a sword, a gun threat and feminine-hygiene pads.
Shortly before 5 p.m. June 19, Peoria County sheriff's deputies arrived at Pinewood Estates, west of Rome. A 31-year-old man told deputies that he had not noticed earlier as a neighbor's 10-year-old nephew had put unused feminine-hygiene pads on the man's car, according to a deputy's report.
"It then rained, causing the pads to swell and fall apart," the report stated. "No damage was caused to the vehicle."
After spotting the pad mess, the man stormed next door to talk to the child's uncle, knocking on the door, the report said. The uncle, who is 29 years old, came out of the front door with a sword raised over his head, the 31-year-old told police.
"If you are going to do it," he told the uncle, "you'd better kill me."
The uncle told police that the other man had pounded on his doors and window, then used profanity. The uncle said he walked out of the home with a sword, but held it at his side, the report stated.
He said the other man threatened, "If you don't get out of my face, I will pull my pistol out and put one in you." According to the report, the 31-year-old admitted making reference to a firearm, but said his actual words were: "If you want to use weapons, I can get my gun."
Though the two men argued, they never touched one another, the report stated. The report was forwarded to the Peoria County State's Attorney's Office for consideration of charges.