SALEM, IL — A 21-year-old Salem man was arrested Monday morning after he allegedly held his toddler son in his home while armed. According to Salem police, Joseph Fortman was arrested on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault.
Friends of Fortman’s wife reportedly called police Monday morning saying she was concerned about staying in the home because he had a gun and was acting suicidal. When police arrived, Fortman briefly refused to allow his two-year-old son to leave the residence in the 200 block of South Marion. Fortman ultimately exited the home unarmed and offered no resistance. Police were then able to go into the home and get the two-year-old who was placed in the mother’s custody.
Police later found a loaded pistol inside the home.