Police respond to pair of incidents in Chester over the weekend

Two incidents took place over the weekend in Chester, one where an officer was injured and another that evolved into a standoff.

According to a press release from the Chester Police Department, on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 4:07 p.m., they responded to a call for “a subject experiencing mental health issues.”

While responding to that call, Officer Seth Buch, 24, received a head injury while attempting to arrest a 17 year old male subject. Buch was transported to St. Louis University Hospital, where he was treated for a severe concussion.

The 17 year old subject was detained for aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting a peace officer. In addition, Kristy D. Johnson, 18, of Chester, and a 16 year old male, were both detained for obstructing justice, stemming from their roles in the incident.

In another press release, the Chester Police Chief Ryan Coffey noted that the Chester Police, along with the Illinois State Police, a SWAT team, the Illinois State Police Crisis Negotiation Team and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office responded to a standoff started on the night of Sunday, Nov. 5 and was finally resolved the morning of Monday, Nov. 6.

Toby Latham, 40, of Chester, surrendered to authorities at 7:44 a.m. on Nov. 6 following an eight hour negotiation for his surrender.

Charges against Latham were made in connection to threats he was alleged to have made on the evening of Nov. 5 on social media. He is currently in custody at the Randolph County Jail.

For more on these incidents, please see this week’s print edition.