Cops: Man threatened to put children in 'hot truck'

Cops: Man threatened to put children in 'hot truck'

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(Orland Park Police) (Orland Park Police)
TINLEY PARK, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Tinley Park man will appear in court Wednesday, facing a charge of disorderly conduct after he allegedly swore at his two young children, ages 6 and 7, in a restaurant and then told a woman who intervened to “shut the f--- up,” Orland Park police said Monday.

Mark Pawlak, 33, of the 17400 block of Carlyle Court, was arrested at the Lumes Restaurant, 9060 W. 159th St., on June 30, Orland Park Police Cmdr. John Keating told the Southtown Star.

According to a woman who was approaching his table, she heard Pawlak tell the children “you’re such little (deleted), stop being little (deleted). I’m going to lock you two in a hot truck if you don’t shut up,” Keating said, reading from the police report.

This happened around noon when the restaurant was busy with the lunch crowd, Keating said.

The woman told Pawlak he should “stop verbally abusing the children,” at which time he told her to mind her own business, the report said.

Pawlak told police that the woman made up the story.

“He did admit that he swore at the table, but never toward his children or at (the woman),” Keating said.

Police arrested Pawlak and charged him with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and contacted the Department of Children and Family Services, Keating said.

He is scheduled to appear for a hearing at the Bridgeview Court House at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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