Stolen-car chase leads to arrest
May 21, 2012 9:22PM
Updated: July 2, 2012 8:27AM
Man in chase arrested: Police on Monday found and arrested a man who had fled from officers in Roselle on Sunday night while driving a vehicle that was stolen in South Elgin last month, authorities said. Pawel Szymulewski, 18, who is homeless, has been charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a converted motor vehicle, according to South Elgin officials. In addition, Szymulewski also faces an unrelated charge of armed robbery involving a March 1 hold-up at the South Elgin Marathon at 14 Route 25, police said. The vehicle involved in Sunday night’s incident was reported stolen from the 1400 block of Burke Lane in South Elgin on April 19 or April 20, and “Roselle got into the pursuit due to the stolen vehicle and another incident in their town,” said South Elgin police Sgt. Mike Doty. Speeds in that chase were reported to reach 45 mph before Szymulewski got away, according to police. On Monday, a resident of the 1100 block of Kane Street told South Elgin police that Szymulewski was there, and he was taken into custody and the stolen car was recovered, police said. Police also expected charges to be filed by other area communities, Doty said. Szymulewski was expected to appear in Kane County bond call Tuesday morning, Doty said, adding that additional charges may be filed in Kane County.
Stolen vehicle: Mackenzie Jenkins, 19, of Hanover Park, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and a converted vehicle. He is accused of stealing a vehicle left with its keys in it on the 1500 block of Gilpen Avenue on May 19. He was arrested on Monday morning and was expected to appear in Kane County in bond call Tuesday.
Attempted burglary: Police said this week that someone tried to break into a home in the 1600 block of Ridgecrest Drive on May 14 by getting in through a basement window well. The attempt caused damage to the home, but nothing was stolen, police said.
Vandalism: Three cases of vandalism were reported recently, Hampshire police reported this week. On May 17, someone broke a mirror off a car parked along Smith Street. Police said homeowners also reported criminal-damage incidents in the 200 block of Johnson Street on May 16 and the 300 block of Johnson Street on May 11.
Fatal motorcycle crash: Authorities were investigating a crash Sunday evening in Geneva between a motorcycle and a pickup truck that killed one person on the motorcycle and hospitalized the other. Geneva police said the crash involved a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that struck a GMC Sierra pickup near Kirk Road and Division Street. The pickup was northbound on Kirk and tried making a U-turn before reaching the intersection when the motorcycle came from the south and hit it, police said. Both people on the motorcycle were taken to Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva with significant injuries, police said. The motorcycle passenger, identified as Angela M. Tedesco, 48, of Bolingbrook, was pronounced dead at 7:48 p.m., a release from police said. The motorcycle driver, Michael A. Tedesco, 50, also of Bolingbrook, was transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, the release said. The driver of the pickup, Kevin A. McElwain, 19, of the 600 block of Timer Ridge Drive in Bartlett, was treated at the scene, police said. The collision is also being investigated by the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team. It did not appear drugs or alcohol were a factor, the release said.
Wind-related crash: Wind blew a motorcycle off a road in Seneca Township on Sunday, leaving a woman in critical condition and another seriously injured. McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said the crash occurred at 11:24 a.m. on Collins Road about a half-mile east of Vermont Road. He said preliminary investigation indicates that a 2012 Harley-Davidson was westbound when a gust of wind caused it to veer into a ditch, where it struck a culvert and rolled over. The driver, 53-year-old James H. Hepner Jr. of Grafton, Wis., was listed in stable condition Monday in Centegra Woodstock Hospital. His passenger, 54-year-old Lori R. Hepner of Grafton, was taken by helicopter to St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where she was in critical condition Monday.