WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK SCHEDULED

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WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK SCHEDULED

 

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-

 

WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: MAN-HUNT ENDS FOR 2014 MURDER SUSPECT

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WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:  MAN-HUNT ENDS FOR 2014 MURDER SUSPECT

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)

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WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - JOLIET TRAFFIC STOP HALTS VEHICLE METH LAB

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WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - JOLIET TRAFFIC STOP HALTS VEHICLE METH LAB

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-

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WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE-STABBING LEADS TO ATTEMPTED MURDER ARREST

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WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE-STABBING LEADS TO ATTEMPTED MURDER ARREST

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-

 

WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY SAVES LIFE WITH NARCAN

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WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY SAVES LIFE WITH NARCAN

In March of 2015, the Will County Sheriff's Office had their first deputy trained in administering Naloxone, or Narcan, which is used for reversing the depression of the respiratory and central nervous systems caused by an overdose of opioids.  Since then 105 deputies have completed their training and are equipped with Narcan in case they are called to a scene where minutes count in saving a life.

On March 25, 2016 at 7:15am, Deputy Jake Debus, a 15 year deputy who completed his training last April, was dispatched to a residence in Lakeside Terrace, Wilmington Township.  When Deputy Debus arrived on scene he found an unresponsive 28 year old man.  A relative at the residence informed Debus that the victim had a past history of heroin use.  After evaluating the victim Debus administered the Narcan into the man's nostril and waited.  As Debus was preparing to administer the second dose the victim began blinking his eyes, moving his hands, and shortly after, the victim was coherant, could speak, and stand up.  The victim was then transported to a nearby hospital where he was expected to make a full recovery. 

This incident was the second time a Sheriff's deputy has administered Narcan in an overdose crisis, however, it is the first time it saved a life. 

WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAKES INTERSTATE CRIME ARREST

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WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAKES INTERSTATE CRIME ARREST

The Will County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the arrest of Jorge Ochoa-Perez, age 22, of 10980 SW 202nd Drive in Cutler Bay, Florida and Josue Frias-Gomez, age 21, of 580 NW 114th Avenue in Miami, FL on what detectives believe to be an interstate crime operation.  On 3/21/16 at about 1:00am, Sheriff’s deputies were traveling westbound on I80 when they observed an SUV with Colorado plates, traveling at a high rate of speed.  A traffic stop was made at I80 and Richards Street where deputies spoke with the driver, Josue Frias-Gomez, and the passenger, Jorge Ochoa-Perez.  Frias-Gomez was not able to provide deputies with any type of identification and a consent to search the vehicle was granted. 

Upon the search, multiple bags and boxes of new items such as, high end clothing, various sizes of shoes, DVD’s, perfumes, headphones, sunglasses, and roller blades were found inside the vehicle, along with over 40 credit/debit cards and gift cards.  Several recently dated merchandise receipts were also located and a fraudulent Virginia state driver’s license.   None of the credit cards displayed the names of Ochoa-Perez or Frias-Gomez, but had various other names on them.  Also found inside the vehicle was paperwork from where the SUV was rented in Denver, CO.  The paperwork did not include either subjects name as the person who rented the vehicle.   

Both subjects stated that they had rented the vehicle on 3/17/16 in Denver and drove to Ohio to meet some friends.  They stated that they visited for a few days, had gone shopping, and were on their way back to Denver when deputies stopped them. They had no explanation of how they paid for the recent purchases, why their names were not on the credit/debit cards nor on the rental car agreement forms.

Jorge Ochoa-Perez was charged with three counts of possession of counterfeit credit cards and one count of continuing financial crime enterprise.   Bond was set at $750,000 (10% to apply). 

Josue Frias-Gomez was charged at the scene with no valid driver’s license, never being issued a driver’s license, and speeding.  A warrant for his arrest was issued today, March 22, 2016 for three counts of possession of counterfeit credit cards and continuing a financial crime enterprise. 

This case remains an open and active investigation.  At this time, Sheriff’s detectives are attempting to locate victims of this crime but do not believe any residents of Illinois have been affected.      (Top photo with gray hoodie:  Frias-Gomez    Bottom photo with t-shirt:  Ochoa-Perez)   -end-

 

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