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Crime & Courts

Police: Genoa teen jailed after making threat involving shooting

Regino Mercado, 18, of Genoa
Regino Mercado, 18, of Genoa

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb County judge ordered a Genoa teen be released from jail Thursday, a day after his arrest on allegations he told a Kishwaukee Education Consortium secretary he was going to get his “goons and shoot up the school.”

Regino Mercado, 18, of the first block of Oak Drive, made the threat about 11 a.m. Feb. 16 and has been charged with disorderly conduct, according to DeKalb County court records. If convicted, Mercado could face one to three years in prison, as well as a year of parole. Police were not notified of the incident until Wednesday.

In addition to vocational courses, the Kishwaukee Education Consortium provides an alternative education program for at-risk middle and high school students in DeKalb and Rochelle. The consortium’s director, Tom Crouch, said Mercado was in the school’s alternative education program and has since been banned from the school. He said Mercado will have to work with Genoa-Kingston High School in order to be readmitted.

The release said deputies were notified by school staff Wednesday, and that Mercado was arrested at his home without incident on a warrant with $15,000 bond attached. Crouch said school staff followed standard protocol in handling and reporting the threat.

During his bond hearing Thursday, Mercado seemed under the impression he’d been suspended from the school and could be readmitted. He admitted to Judge Philip Montgomery that he hasn’t been taking medication prescribed through treatment services he’s been attending as part of a juvenile court order.

Montgomery ordered that Mercado report to probation, take his medications, and that he not be allowed to have any weapons.

Mercado is due back in court at 9 a.m. April 20.

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