Wanted man with gun captured by Elgin police
From Staff Reports November 1, 2013 7:44PM
Updated: December 4, 2013 6:42AM
ELGIN — A Crestwood teenager was charged with several weapons violations after he ran from police and tossed a loaded handgun into some bushes while being chased Friday, authorities said.
Devonne L. Montgomery, 19, was charged with three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon — all Class 4 felonies — following the late Friday morning incident on the city’s west side.
According to a release from Elgin police, the Mulberry Court resident police officer was on patrol in his neighborhood when he saw suspicious activity by two people inside a car and stopped the vehicle in the area of Allison and Jane drives.
While conducting the investigation, two young men got out of the car and ran, police said. One of them, identified later as Montgomery, was caught in the 200 Block of Robert Drive after a short foot pursuit and taken into custody on two outstanding criminal warrants, police said.
While officers continued to investigate the incident, a resident told police that he had seen Montgomery throw an item in the bushes near where he was apprehended. Officers searched the area and recovered the gun, according to the release.
The second person who ran — a 17-year-old Elgin resident — was apprehended in the area of Kathleen and Meyer drives south of Larkin High School after a resident reported seeing him running and hiding in yards in the area. The juvenile, whose identity was not released because of his age, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of obstructing a police officer, a Class A misdemeanor, and was released to family members.
Police notified officials at Larkin a few blocks away about the incident. Doors to the school were secured during the chase but no other action was needed, officials said.
Police praised local residents for their help in providing witness information.