By Kathy Whitaker, The Chicago Times
January 27, 2023
NAPERVILLE, IL – A Chicago man has been charged with illegally possessing a Dodge Durango and illegally possessing a loaded firearm.
According to DuPage County prosecutors, 20-year-old Frank Whitefield, Jr., of the 7600 block of South Champlain Avenue, has been charged with one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and one count of possession of burglary tools.
Naperville police said, on January 24, 2023, around 4:41 am, police officers responded to a call in the 1600 block of Westminster. On scene, officers discovered that a Dodge Durango had been stolen from that location just prior to their arrival. Officers were later able to locate the Durango at a gas station on Route 59 near I-88 in Naperville.
When police approached the stolen Durango at the gas station, it is alleged that Whitefield and an unidentified individual exited the vehicle and fled on foot. After a short foot chase Whitefield was arrested. According to police, Whitefield was in possession of a loaded .45 caliber Glock pistol with one round in the chamber, an extended magazine, and a laser attachment.
“Once again, the Naperville Police Department has demonstrated their professionalism and dedication to public safety and the rule of law. The crimes alleged in this case will not be tolerated in DuPage County and anyone suspected of such behavior will be quickly apprehended and find themselves facing serious charges which will be aggressively prosecuted. I commend the Naperville Police Department for their outstanding efforts in this case which led to the apprehension of Mr. Whitefield. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorney Thomas Elsner for his work in preparing a strong case against this defendant.” said DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement.
“This was phenomenal police work, from the initial response to the swift location and apprehension of the suspect. I’m grateful every day for the work ethic and professionalism displayed by our patrol officers. I want to thank those who were involved in this case as well as DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and his office for their involvement and commitment to public safety.” said Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres in a statement.
Whitefield is expected in court for an arraignment hearing on February 21, 2023 in front of Judge Daniel Guerin.