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Another Incident by Man Who Threatened to Crash Plane

July 16, 1985

NORRIDGE, Ill. (AP) _ A man who earlier this month threatened to crash a stolen airplane into the restaurant where his estranged wife worked held police at bay for five hours Monday with a shotgun at his mother-in-law’s house.

Frank Moore, 36, of Chicago, kept the gun aimed at his head for most of the standoff, which ended when he surrendered peacefully, said police Sgt. Raymond Peters.

On July 5, Moore, who has a pilot’s license, threatened to crash a stolen airplane into a suburban restaurant where his estranged wife, Jackie, worked. He was airborne for three hours before authorities and his wife persuaded him to land the plane.

After Monday’s incident, Moore was charged with reckless conduct, unlawful use of a weapon and disorderly conduct, said police investigator Robert Crimmins. Moore was held at the Norridge Police Station, pending a Tuesday bond hearing.

Mrs. Moore, who was inside her mother’s house when the incident began, saw her husband with the shotgun on her mother’s doorstep early Monday, locked the door and called police, said Police Chief Medard Zabratanski.

Officers took Mrs. Moore, her sister and her mother out the back door while other officers talked with Moore on the front steps of the house, Zabratanski said.

Moore, who works for a plumbing contractor, was charged after the July 5 incident with felony theft, criminal trespass, reckless conduct and disorderly conduct.

At a hearing last week, Cook County Judge Joseph Romano set bond at $50,000. He also ordered Moore to undergo psychiatric testing to determine his fitness to stand trial and to evaluate his sanity at the time of the incident.

Moore was interviewed by a psychiatrist while he was at Cook County Jail, Ghiloni said. He posted a $5,000 cash bond and was released Thursday, said Wheeling Deputy Police Chief Michael Hermes.

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