Update: Two men arrested yesterday evening after a chase at the Fox Valley Mall were arrested on weapons charges, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.
According to a press release, an Aurora man and a sixteen-year-old male juvenile, also from Aurora, each appeared in court today charged with illegally possessing a gun.
The 18-year-old male has been charged with one count of Aggravated Unlawful Possession of a Weapon – No FOID, No CCL (Class 4 Felony) and one count of Possession of a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number (Class 3 Felony). The juvenile appeared at a detention hearing this morning where Judge Anthony Coco ordered that he be released to the custody of his parents on home detention. He is charged with one count of Aggravated Unlawful use of a Weapon, a Class 4 Felony.
It is alleged as the adult suspect fled from police, he dropped a fully-loaded Taurus 9 mm with one bullet in the chamber and a defaced serial number, before being apprehended. Authorities located the juvenile a short time later hiding in a nearby port-o-potty. When processing the scene, approximately fifty yards away from where the juvenile was found, officers found a fully-loaded Glock 23, 40 caliber weapon with one bullet in the chamber.
“Neither of the two individuals charged in this case are legally allowed to own a weapon, let alone carry one on their person in public,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin said. “I commend the Aurora Police Department not only for their quick identification and apprehension of the defendants in this case, but also for their ongoing efforts in keeping guns out of the hands of those who are not legally allowed to possess them.”
Aurora police responded with a “heavy presence” at the Fox Valley Mall yesterday evening, ultimately taking two suspects into custody.
According to police, officers engaged in a foot pursuit of two suspects. One suspect was apprehended after a short foot pursuit. The second suspect was located and taken into custody after an extensive ground search of the area.
The incident remains under investigation and no indication of alleged criminal activity has been forthcoming.
APD, however, believes that here is no danger to the community at this time.