By Danya Hooker
Len Wawczak, the apparent police spy who secretly recorded conversations with Drew Peterson, had no regrets Friday after being arrested for a fight with his former friend.
“I did all right I think,” Wawczak said after his release from the Bolingbrook police department “It was the best $100 I ever spent.”
Wawczak and Peterson, the sole suspect in his wife Stacy’s disappearance, both went voluntarily to the Bolingbrook police station Friday after the two scuffled in the parking lot of the Bolingbrook barbershop Hyroglyphics, 356 N. Schmidt Road, at about 1:30 p.m., according to a statement by police spokesman Lt. Ken Teppel.
Wawczak said he confronted Peterson after Wawczak’s 20-year-old son called him and said Peterson was giving him menacing looks while the two were in the barbershop.
“I asked him, ‘does it look like he’s trying to start (something) with you?’ and he said ‘I don’t know if he’s trying to start something but he’s trying to intimidate me,’” Wawczak said.
Wawczak told his son he’d be there in a few minutes and “flew down” to the barbershop.
He then found Peterson at a neighboring barbershop and waited in the parking lot to confront him. Wawczak said Peterson remained non-chalant as he hurled insults at him and questioned him about his alleged conduct toward his son.
“I went up do him and said what’s up (expletive)? Why you trying (expletive) with my kid, Drew?” Wawczak said.
Wawczak said Peterson denied trying to scare his son and also denied reports that he told a television news reporter that he had slept with Wawczak’s wife, Paula Stark.
Peterson did not return calls seeking comment.
Earlier this week, Wawczak and Stark announced that they were police informants and had worn wires to record nearly seven months of conversations with Peterson.
Illinois State Police did not confirm or deny the reports.
Police are investigating the disappearance of Peterson’s wife and also the March 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson has denied any involvement in the cases and has not been charged with a crime in either case.
Peterson and his attorney, Joel Brodsky, have remained calm about the wiretap allegations, saying if there are tapes, they would prove Peterson’s innocence. Both men said Wawczak and Stark are simply trying to profit off Peterson’s notoriety because they are having financial troubles.
Wawczak said he pushed Peterson twice during the altercation and told him to leave his family alone.
“I told him ‘stay away form my kids, stay away from Paula. Next time I’ll kick your (expletive) and you know I will,’” Wawczak said.
Teppel said Wawczak was charged at about 3:30 p.m. with misdemeanor battery based on Peterson’s statements and eyewitness testimony. He was given a court date of Sept. 10.
“Drew ain’t gonna be able to show up on that day because he’s going to be arrested by (then),” Wawczak said. “I don’t care because he’s a punk. This is what he needs.”