The Will County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the capture and arrest of Dieontae Ricky Sparks, age 19, of Plainfield. Dieontae Ricky Sparks was arrested on May 2, 2019 in Atlanta, GA by members of the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Sparks possesses a criminal history that includes arrests for weapons, robbery, and assault. Sparks was wanted by the Romeoville Police Department in relation to a homicide that occurred on March 30, 2019. Sparks was alleged to have been present during a homicide where the victim was shot at close range with a sawed off shotgun. Romeoville Police obtained an arrest warrant for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon after recovering at Sparks’ residence, what is believed to be the murder weapon. Sparks also had an active warrant for robbery and aggravated battery.
On April 1, 2019, the Romeoville Police Department requested the assistance of the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force (GLRFTF) in locating and apprehending Sparks.
Will County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Deputies, who are also assigned to the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, worked in conjunction with Romeoville Police for weeks to locate Sparks, who was aware of the warrant and believed to have fled Illinois.
A location was developed for Sparks in Atlanta, Georgia, and information was passed to the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. Investigators surveilled the house for days prior, and on May 2, 2019 approached the residence. Sparks attempted to flee the residence, but was safely apprehended without further incident. Sparks is currently housed in DeKalb County Jail in Decatur Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, where he awaits extradition proceedings. Upon return to Illinois, Sparks is to then face murder charges.
The photograph of Sparks provided is from a 2018 arrest.