Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain is crediting the response of Huntley and Del Webb’s Sun City residents with the information they needed to locate and capture a fleeing Minnesota man now facing multiple felony charges including Armed Violence and Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
According to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release, a Sheriff’s Office Criminal Patrol Team detective conducted a stop for a traffic violation at around 12:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, on westbound I-90 near Hennig Road in unincorporated Huntley.
Officials say the detective advised the driver — later identified as Marcus P. Coleman, 29, of Hopkins, MN — of the reason for the stop, and Coleman provided the detective with a Minnesota driver’s license.
According to reports, the detective questioned Coleman about the smell of cannabis in the car and asked Coleman if there were any weapons in the car. Officials said Coleman admitted to having cannabis inside the car and that he had placed a loaded firearm under the front passenger’s seat when the detective stopped him.
As the detective went to place Coleman into handcuffs, officials said, Coleman ran from the detective toward the village of Huntley’s Del Webb property and eluded the officer by scaling a fence along I-90.
Numerous Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area, along with officers from the Huntley Police Department, Hampshire Police Department, Illinois State Police, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Huntley Police Department officials initiated a community alert through their notification system advising area residents to call 911 if they noticed any suspicious person matching the description of the fleeing suspect.
Huntley residents in the 11000 block of Nelson Drive called 911 to report a sighting of the possible suspect matching that description. Law enforcement personnel converged on the area, located Coleman, and took him into custody without incident, according to the Sheriff’s Office news release.
A search of the vehicle driven by Coleman yielded a loaded, defaced firearm, high capacity magazines, illegal narcotics and fraudulent state-issued ID’s in various names with the suspect’s picture on them.
The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Coleman with the following:
- Armed Violence, a Class X felony
- Possession of a Controlled Substance (Ecstasy), a Class 1 felony
- Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, a Class 2 felony
- Possession of a Defaced Firearm, a Class 3 felony
- Unlawful Use or Possession of Weapons or Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, a Class 3 felony
- two counts of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, a Class 4 felony
- Possession or Display of Any Fictitious or Unlawfully Altered ID Cards, a Class 4 felony
- Obstructing Identification, a Class A misdemeanor
- Resisting or Obstructing Arrest, Class A misdemeanor
“The Kane County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the residents of Huntley’s Del Webb – Sun City community for their vigilance, along with the other agencies listed above for their personnel and support,” Hain said in the news release.
Charges against Coleman are not proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff’s Office news relase