The Aurora police have arrested and charged two men as a result of an extensive investigation into a shooting incident that occurred on Oct. 3 on the city’s southeast side.
Aurora police responded a around 5:48 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, to the 1400 block of Farington Lane for the report of a subject that had been shot. Upon arrival, officers located a 28-year-old Aurora man lying on the side of the roadway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Detectives from the Aurora Police Department’s Bureau of Investigations conducted numerous interviews and soon learned that this shooting occurred after two subjects traveled from the Melrose Park area to sell drugs to the 28-year-old victim. After meeting with the males, the victim reported that he was robbed and then shot multiple times.
Detectives were ultimately able to identify 18-year-old Richard M. Gaston of Melrose Park and 19-year-old Dontae W. Parker of Chicago as being the offenders in this case.
Detectives tracked both men to Appleton, WI, and with the assistance of the Appleton Police Department and the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department, both subjects were taken into custody without incident on Oct. 14, 2020.
The case was presented to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office authorities, who authorized the following charges against both subjects:
- Attempted First Degree Murder, a Class X felony
- Armed Robbery, a Class X felony
- Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, a Class X felony
Both men have waived extradition and were subsequently transported back to Illinois and are currently being held at the DuPage County Jail. Bond for both subjects was set at $500,000 on Oct. 18 by Judge Michael Flemming.
Charges are not proof of guilt. The defendants listed in this release are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial, at which it is the burden of the state to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: city of Aurora news release