Obstruction charge filed as part of Elgin robbery probe
August 16, 2012 10:16PM
Updated: September 18, 2012 6:19AM
Obstructed robbery probe: As detectives continue to investigate a robbery that occurred Aug. 3 at the 222 Locust St. apartment high-rise, they have charged a man with obstructing an officer. A 21-year-old man told police he came to one of the apartments Aug. 2 to visit a female friend and found four strangers also spending the night there. When he awoke the next morning, he told police, his notebook computer and a bag of medicines were missing. When he confronted the men who also had been there the night before, they allegedly beat him, causing head injuries that required hospital treatment, and stole his wallet containing $248. On Thursday, police announced they have charged the apartment tenant’s son, Quintyn Moore of Aurora, with obstruction because they believe he knew who the robbers are but refused to tell detectives.
Gang crackdown: A 17-year-old Elgin youth was charged last week with unlawful use of a weapon, as part of a crackdown on gang activity on the city’s southeast side, according to a police report released this week. Officers said they have been keeping an eye on the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Jay Street after residents reported activity by a certain gang there and a fight took place there on July 9. At about 8:45 p.m. Aug. 9, the officers saw two young men, dressed in gang colors, loitering near a parked car. The officers questioned them, and the 17-year-old reportedly admitted he was carrying a small baseball bat in his pants “for protection.” Police seized the bat and turned the boy over to his mother pending juvenile court action.
Gun threat: A 23-year-old man told police that as he was urinating in bushes outside the Speedway gas station at 1156 Dundee Ave. Sunday night, a man came up behind him, pointed a gun at him and ordered him to get down on the ground. Instead, the threatened man ran back into a public area and the other man ran away, police were told.
Saved by the Bell: Two men were arrested after a fight Sunday night inside the Taco Bell restaurant, at 304 S. McLean Blvd., prompted store employees to push an alarm alerting Elgin’s 911 center that a holdup was going on. According to reports released Thursday, Carl L. Banks, 27, and Jordan T. Hunter, 19, entered the restaurant about 8 p.m. and began harassing a man waiting in line for a food order. Witnesses said Banks and the man in line finally began fighting, at one point throwing a chair across the dining room. Police said the man at the counter declined to press battery charges, but they charged Banks with disorderly conduct and charged Hunter with possession of cannabis and possession of alcohol by a minor.