Bus company owner charged with online harassment
The owner of a local bus company has been charged in northern Illinois after allegedly harassing a customer online.
Highland Park Deputy Police Chief George Pfutzenreuter said Suburban Express owner Dennis Toeppen is due in Lake County court on Aug. 1 on two charges of electronic harassment.
Pfutzenreuter said a Highland Park resident who at the time was a University of Illinois student contacted police saying that Toeppen was harassing him on the website Reddit and on the Suburban Express website. He said the harassment stemmed from a bus ride the customer took where he witnessed the bus driver yell at another customer.
Police investigated and found that the alleged harassment occurred over a period dating back to the spring of 2013. Acting on a warrant, authorities arrested Toeppen in Champaign County earlier this month. He posted bond and is out of jail.
Toeppen, himself, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.