On Saturday 5/21/16 the Will County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the area of the near the S/W Frontage Rd and I55 Channahon Township reference to a missing female who had been jogging on the Forest Preserve trail. The female was located near SW Frontage Rd. in Channahon Township where it was learned that she had been sexually assaulted by a male subject on the trail under I55. The female described the offender as a male Hispanic wearing sun glasses and a bandanna over his face. Will County Sheriff's Office detectives arrived and after speaking with the victim, detectives were able to connect this case with another case that the Will County Sheriff's Office was already investigating from Wednesday 5/18/16 that occurred in the area of the Brandon Rd. locks near Rt. 6, Joliet. Through information that was obtained from the earlier investigation detectives were able to identify Miguel Luna as a possible suspect. Miguel Luna was pulled over on a traffic stop and taken into custody for Driving While License Suspended. Miguel Luna was taken to the Will County Sheriff's Office Investigation Division where he was interviewed, Luna confessed to both of the cases the Will County Sheriff's Office was investigating and will be officially charged on Monday 5/23/16 with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated Battery (Strangulation), Aggravated Battery and Unlawful Restraint.
The Will County Sheriff's Office Investigation Division had been working with the Illinois State Police last week because of similarities to other cases that the Illinois State Police were investigating. The Illinois State Police have also charged Luna with Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and Aggravated Unlawful Restraint.
Miguel Luna will be in court for a bond hearing on Monday 5/23/16 at 1:00PM.
On Saturday April 30, 2016 at approximately 10:00AM the Will County Sheriff's Office responded to 16905 Meadow Crest Drive, Homer Glen, IL for a report of shots fired inside the residence. Deputies arrived and discovered a female age 54 and male age 56 in a bedroom of the residence. Both individuals appeared to have single gunshot wounds and were unresponsive. Paramedics arrived and tried unsuccessfully to render lifesaving aid.
Two older children were in the residence at the time and heard their parents arguing and heard gunshots. At this time it appears that this is an apparent murder-suicide based on information gathered from witnesses at the scene.
Names are withheld at this time pending notification to other family members.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office will once again participate in this year’s National Drug Take-Back Day. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and participating law enforcement agencies across the country are coordinating the event. The date has been set for Saturday, April 30th, from 10am to 2pm.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting the prescription medications in the parking lot of the Will County Courthouse, located at 14 West Jefferson Street in downtown Joliet. Most local municipal police departments are also participating. For a complete list please visit: www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov
The National Drug Take-Back initiative began in 2010. Since that time Americans have turned in over 5 million pounds of prescription drugs. This event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. It gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous. No needles of any kind will be accepted. -END-
The Will County Sheriff's Office is announcing the capture of Jesus Larosa, age 47, of Chicago for the murder of Alfred Hilton. Mr. Hilton was 85 years old and lived on the 3200 block of Bemes Road, Crete Township in 2014. On May 14, 2014 Sheriff's deputies were called to his residence after he did not attend a church event. Hilton was discovered on his kitchen floor and had been severely beaten and strangled to death. Sheriff's detectives have worked diligently on this case and continued their investigations when new leads would come forward. Recently, a new tip came in which enabled Sheriff's detectives to identify Larosa as a new suspect.
Two weeks ago, Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley and Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow met with Sheriff's detectives to discuss new developments in the case. After charges were approved, a warrant for Larosa's arrest was issued on March 28, 2016. The warrant was sealed until detectives secured Larosa in custody, however, while law enforcement was looking for him in the Chicago area an acquaintance notified Larosa who immediately fled to Alabama. A man-hunt began with multiple law enforcement agencies in Alabama, Georgia, and Texas.
Today, the U. S. Marshall's Office contacted Sheriff's detectives to inform them that they had successfully apprehended Jesus Larosa in Dallas, TX. He was taken into custody without incident at a Walmart parking lot. Larosa will face extradition in Dallas and will be brought back to Will County for prosecution. Larosa is charged with three counts of first degree murder. Bond is set at $3 million. Larosa had served 20 years at the IL Dept. of Corrections for a prior murder conviction and was out on parole when Mr. Hilton was murdered.
Sheriff Mike Kelley would like to thank the hard working men and women of the Sheriff's Investigation Division, the Will County State's Attorney's Office, and the U.S. Marshalls, for assisting us in the capture of Jesus Larosa. -end- (two photos are attached)
At 1:30am yesterday, 4/5/16, Sheriff's deputies were traveling in the area of Doris Avenue and Gardner, Joliet Township, when they made a traffic stop for an unvalid registration on a Chevy Impala. After speaking to the driver, Ashley E. O'Connell, age 26, of 1328 Ridgewood Avenue in Joliet, she was asked to exit the vehicle. Passenger, Anthony J. Gomez, age 37, of 1328 Ridgewood Avenue in Joliet, and a female passenger (who was later released without charges) were also asked to exit the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a sealed plastic Pepsi bottle with unknown chemicals inside and a nylon bag containing drain cleaner, Sudafed, a cold pack, and zip lock baggies. Also found was drug equipment and a baggie containing suspect meth.
At this time deputies believed that the contents located inside the vehicle were used in the production of methamphetamine. While questioning the subject's deputies also came to believe that the contents inside the Pepsi bottle were being 'cooked' and were potentially unstable. The Joliet Fire Department, as well as, the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team was called to the scene. The IL State Police MRT conducted a more thorough search of the vehicle and alleviated any potential hazards.
Ashley O'Connell and Anthony J. Gomez were charged with methamphetamine precursor and methamphetamine possession. Both are being held at the Adult Detention Facility where they are scheduled to appear in bond court today. -end-
The Will County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence on E. Cass Street in Joliet Township, yesterday, 4/4/16 around 6:44am, regarding a stabbing. Upon arrival deputies spoke with a 49 year old female who had a towel pressed to her throat and blood on her clothing. The female victim stated that her ex-boyfriend, Arthur L. Knox, had attacked her with a knife as she was walking out to her vehicle to go to work. The victim stated that during the struggle she was eventually able to free herself and run inside to call 911. Knox, age 50, of 419 N. Bluff in Joliet, took the victim’s wallet before taking off on foot. He was later discovered at a residence in Joliet. Knox was brought into the Will County Sheriff’s Investigations Division where he was questioned and subsequently charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Domestic Battery, and Aggravated Robbery. He is scheduled to appear in bond court this afternoon.
The 49 year old female was transported to Silver Cross Hospital by East Joliet Fire personnel. She suffered 6 stab wounds; one to her abdomen, one to each shoulder, and three to the sides of her neck. She was in stable condition and expected to recover. –end-