ROCK FALLS – A dispute over a child’s haircut resulted in his father being threatened with a 2-foot sword, police say.
About 7:15 p.m. Sunday, police say, the 4-year-old boy’s father was returning his son to his mother when her boyfriend, Nathan Pegues, 37, noticed that the child’s hair had been cut.
Pegues wanted the boy’s hair to be long, while his father wanted it to be short, Rock Falls Police Chief Mike Kuelper said.
That’s when, police say, Pegues disappeared to a side room, grabbed a gold-handled sword, and threatened to stab the boy’s father in the chest.
By the time authorities arrived, Kuelper said, the sword was nowhere to be found.
After an investigation, Pegues was arrested on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a weapon by a felon.
His previous felony convictions in Whiteside County include domestic battery, forgery and escape from custody, according to online court records.
Pegues was taken to the Whiteside County Jail, where he is being held on $50,000 bond. He will appear in court Thursday.