An Elgin man who was accused of threatening police officers with a fake bomb last week when they tried to conduct an eviction at his home was later found hanged to death at the Kane County Adult Justice Center.
Officers found 51-year-old Piotr Dutkiewicz unresponsive about 4:45 p.m. Jan. 5 in the bathroom of the booking area of the Kane County Adult Justice Center, according to a statement from the Kane County sheriff’s office. He was taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, where he was pronounced dead.
Preliminary autopsy results show that Dutkiewicz died from asphyxiation due to hanging and his death has been ruled a suicide, according to the Kane County coroner’s office.
Kane County sheriff’s deputies arrived at his home in the 600 block of Forrest Avenue in Elgin about 8:30 a.m. to conduct a court-ordered eviction, police said.
Dutkiewicz came out of the house, put an item on the ground and said “bomb,” police said, adding the item looked like a large battery with wires taped to it.
Dutkiewicz was arrested and his ex-girlfriend, who was inside the home at the time, left the building without incident, police said.
The sheriff’s office bomb squad responded to the scene and determined the device was fake, police said.
Dutkiewicz was charged with disorderly conduct and threatening a public official, both felonies, police said.
Authorities said it does not appear foul play was involved, but final autopsy results are pending further tests and investigation.