Chicago Man Accused of Possession of a Stolen Durango and Illegal Possession of a Glock

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.

Frank Whitefield, Jr.

“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.

Chicago Man Charged in Robbery of Naperville Portillo’s

By T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

January 26, 2023

NAPERVILLE, IL – A Chicago man was charged in the robbery of a Naperville Portillo’s back in July.

Naperville police said, around 11:36 pm on July 20, 2022, Solomon Marshall, 21, of the 3400 block of W. Fulton Boulevard, allegedly approached two female employees of Portillo’s on foot as they were working in the drive-through lane of the restaurant.  Marshall allegedly indicated he had a firearm in his pocket and demanded money from the victims.  Marshall then allegedly ripped company fanny packs containing approximately $680 from the victims.  According to the victims, Marshall shouted at them to “Hurry up, I don’t want to have to do this!”  Marshall then fled the scene on foot.  Naperville police later identified Marshall as the suspect in the robbery.

Solomon Marshall

On January 23, 2023, Marshall was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant out of Denver, Colorado and was then charged with the Portillo’s robbery on January 24th.

“The allegations that this defendant robbed two girls while they were working the drive-through lane at a local restaurant are very disturbing.  While Mr. Marshall may have not had a real gun with him, the paralyzing fear these girls experienced, believing Mr. Marshall to be armed, was real. Thankfully, neither of the victims was physically harmed. I commend the Naperville Police Department for their efforts not only on this case but for their continued efforts in protecting our residents and our businesses. I thank Assistant State’s Attorney Thomas Elsner for his efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Marshall.” said DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin in a statement.

“This case is a great example of our detectives’ dedication to this community and their determination to hold people accountable for crimes committed in our town.  I want to thank our Naperville Police Department personnel for their tireless work as well as State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and his office for their assistance in this case.”  said Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres in a statement.

Marshall has been charged with one count of aggravated robbery.  Marshall is expected in court for an arraignment hearing on February 21, 2023 in front of Judge Margaret O’Connell.

Arsonist Charged in Setting Fire on North Side

By Edward LaSalle, The Chicago Times

January 26, 2023

CHICAGO – A man has been charged with setting a fire inside a building in the Uptown neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side.

According to Chicago police, around 6:20 pm, 49-year-old Toma Smith allegedly lit an “incendiary object” that caused a fire inside a building in the 1000 block of West Lawrence Avenue.  Smith was arrested shortly after the event and charged with one felony count of aggravated arson.

Man Charged in Connection with North Lawndale Shooting

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

January 26, 2023

CHICAGO – A man has been charged in connection with a shooting in the North Lawndale neighborhood last October.

Chicago police said, on October 13, 24-year-old Shaheer Muhammad, of Chicago, allegedly shot a 39-year-old man twice in the back in the 3800 block of West Roosevelt Road.  The victim self transported himself to a local hospital where he was listed in serious condition.

Muhammad was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with one felony count of aggravated battery.

CTA Passenger Prevents Robbery by Shooting Mugger

By The Chicago Times Staff

January 23, 2023

CHICAGO – A Chicago man has been charged in the attempted robbery of a CTA passenger.

According to Chicago police, around 5:00 pm on Friday, 33-year-old Darius Moss, of Chicago, robbed a passenger on the CTA Green Line in the Austin neighborhood.  The passenger, who is a FOID card and concealed carry holder, pulled out a gun and shot Moss.

Police said on Friday around 5 p.m., Darius Moss, 33, was on a CTA Green Line train in the Austin neighborhood when he robbed the victim. The victim then pulled out his gun and shot Moss.

Moss has been charged with felony armed robbery and one felony count of being an armed habitual criminal.

Illinois Judge Pauses Pritzker’s Assault Weapons Ban

By Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times

January 21, 2023

SPRINGFIELD, IL – An Illinois judge in Effingham County granted a temporary restraining order Friday to pause the state’s recently enacted assault weapons ban as new lawsuits are filed to challenge the constitutionality of the law.

Tom DeVore, former Republican nominee for Illinois attorney general, filed a lawsuit on behalf of citizens and businesses across 87 counties to overturn the law.  The lawsuit focuses on four key issues that invalidate the law, one of which is the controversial Equal Protection clause, which carves out exceptions to the law for certain people.  Two other lawsuits were also filed, one in an Illinois court and the other in a federal court by the Illinois State Rifle Association.

Gov J.B. Pritzker

Governor J.B. Pritzker, recently returned from a “personally financed” jet setting trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, issued the following statement:

“This decision is not surprising. Although disappointing, it is the initial result we’ve seen in many cases brought by plaintiffs whose goal is to advance ideology over public safety. We are well aware that this is only the first step in defending this important legislation. I remain confident that the courts will uphold the constitutionality of Illinois’ law, which aligns with the eight other states with similar laws and was written in collaboration with lawmakers, advocates, and legal experts.

Illinoisans have a right to feel safe in their front yards, at school, while eating at bars and restaurants or celebrating with their family and friends. The Protect Illinois Communities Act takes weapons of war and mass destruction off the street while allowing law-abiding gun owners to retain their collections. I look forward to the next steps in this case and receiving the decision this case merits.”

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