Michael Lloyd Merichko

Michael Lloyd Merichko

Two days after his arrest for causing a disturbance at Target, Michael L. Merichko is back in jail.

Bradley police arrested the 39-year-old Bradley resident for domestic battery and interfering with reporting the alleged crime. He is expected to appear in court today.

According to police, Merichko's wife came to the station to file the report at 9:06 p.m. Wednesday following an altercation at their home in the 400 block of North Blaine Avenue.

Merichko, who was allegedly arguing with his 8-year-old son, grabbed the child's wrist and put the child's arm behind his back. There was bruising on the boy's hand and wrist.

The wife attempted to call police but Merichko grabbed the phone and she fell to the floor, police said. As for the arrest on Monday outside the Target store, Bradley police want to know why a caller from inside the retailer told dispatchers there was an active shooter when it turned out the suspect was unarmed.

Ultimately, Merichko was arrested for disorderly conduct for causing a near panic as he publicly protested the retailer's controversial transgender bathroom policy.

In total, 34 officers from eight different agencies responded to the call. But while Merichko made customers and employees uncomfortable, he caused no harm and apparently showed no resistance when cops arrived.

"We are trying to ID the caller to find out how she came up with there being an active shooter in the building," Lt. Michael Johnston said. "We are trying to learn if someone yelled there was a shooting or a guy with a gun.

"If it was called in as a disorderly customer in the store, it is handled differently."

Kankakee County State's Attorney Jamie Boyd said, "There is nothing criminal. We just want to be better prepared for the next time."

According to police, it was the third time Merichko came to the store since Target announced that customers can use bathrooms that best align with that person's gender identity.