Dixon man is jailed after threatening to blow up DCFS office in Sterling

Darrius M. Garcia
Darrius M. Garcia

STERLING – A 30-year-old Dixon man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after police say he threatened to blow up the DCFS office.

Darrius M. Garcia called the Department of Children and Family Services at 2607 Woodlawn Road shortly around 3:50 p.m. on July 24, said he was in the parking lot, had a bomb, and was going to blow them up, police said in a news release tonight.

Officers cordoned off and searched the area and the parking lot, but didn’t find Garcia, his vehicle, or anything suspicious, the release said.

Around 4:30 p.m., the police department received a call reporting an intoxicated man walking in the area of East End Shell, at 2412 E. Lincolnway, and Garcia was arrested.

The threat apparently was over an ongoing DCFS investigation, the release said.

Garcia is in Whiteside County jail pending a bond hearing.

He pleaded guilty April 9 in Lee County Court to a July 2019 misdemeanor domestic battery; a felony aggravated domestic battery charge and a misdemeanor interfering with the report of a domestic battery charge were dismissed as part of his plea agreement.