Woodstock Square Gunshot Results in Arrest of Three Teens

press release from the Woodstock Polilce:

Reckless Discharge of a Firearm and Burglary to Motor Vehicle Arrest

On Sunday, May 13th, 2018, at approximately 1:00 p.m., the Woodstock Police Department was dispatched to the 100 block of E. Van Buren Street in the Woodstock Square in reference to a “Shots fired” complaint.

Woodstock Square during Fair Diddly

Responding officers located a handgun laying on the ground, which was expeditiously secured as likely evidence. A 17 year old male suspect was located in the immediate vicinity and taken into custody after probable cause for an arrest was reached. He was subsequently transported to the Woodstock Police Department.

As the case progressed, officers learned of two additional juvenile suspects who were involved.

The 13 and 14 year old male suspects were located near the Woodstock Square and were also taken into custody for questioning.

A Woodstock detective learned that the 13 and 14 year old suspects had recently committed several car burglaries over the weekend.

Information developed that a handgun was stolen during one of the car burglaries.

Additional evidence from several other car burglaries they had allegedly committed was recovered and secured as evidence.

On Sunday, May 13th at approximately 1:00 p.m., during an arranged meeting, the 13 and 14 year olds sold the handgun to the 17 year old for an undisclosed amount of money on the 100 block of E. Van Buren Street.

This transaction led to the 17 year old coming into possession of the handgun.

Information, at this time, indicates that the chosen location of their meeting was purely a matter of convenience for those involved and, otherwise, not related to any Woodstock Square activity.

Soon after the transfer of possession of the handgun, a single round was discharged.

Nothing indicates that more than one round was fired in this incident.

Upon conferring with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, all three juveniles were charged appropriately with the below listed charges.

They were then transported to the Kane County Juvenile Detention Center in St. Charles, Illinois, to await a detention hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse on Monday, May 14th, 2018, at 1:30 p.m.

Due to all three suspects being juveniles, their names will not be released.

Arrested Persons:

  • 17-year-old male
  • 14-year-old male
  • 13-year-old male

Charges: 17-year-old male

  • Reckless Discharge of a Firearm – Class 4 Felony
  • Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon – Class 4 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Firearm Ammo – Class 4
  • Unlawful Use of Weapons – Class A Misdemeanor

14-year-old male

  • Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Class 3 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Firearm Ammo – Class 4 Felony
  • Criminal Trespass to Vehicle – Class A Misdemeanor

13-year-old male

  • Unlawful Sale or Delivery of Firearms – Class 2 Felony
  • Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Class 3 Felony
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Firearm Ammo – Class 4 Felony
  • Criminal Trespass to Vehicle – Class A Misdemeanor

Court Date: 05-14-18 @ 1:30 P.M.
Bond: Juveniles – No Bond Applies

The public is reminded that an arrest is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a
criminal case are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


Woodstock Square Gunshot Results in Arrest of Three Teens — 16 Comments

  1. So I am wondering why juvenile offenders don’t have their names published

    I think its time to re-write the Laws concerning this
    when these laws were instituted

    Juvie crime consisted smashing pumpkins and overturnng out houses…

    But to day there a lot more serious crimes a foot….

    so it would help the community to know who they are and where they live..

    I thought that age 17 according to law was an adult

  2. Crime like this around here is not new, so many per 100,000 losers.
    hy would Municipalities lower their building fees, all it will do it bring in more problems.

  3. Sunshine commenters, this is an assault on our second amendment rights! Where is the outrage? See? I am getting involved and reading books, just like our caricature of the second coming of William F. Buckley Jr. recommends. 175 days. Hear the whisper. Yes, the blue wave coming your way. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww…

  4. The poor SOB that left that gun in a car is probably in big trouble, too.

  5. Harrumph…Harrumph…if all the people in the photo were armed, this would not have happened!

  6. Question? If you are licensed to carry a gun and you go somewhere you can not bring it in locking it in your car should be sufficient yes? (remember this is a question) If someone steals i do not think that is legally your responsibility.Just as if someone stole it from your home.

    Comment- Bash me as I know you all will but in at least one of these cases it is a long very sad story of awful or lack of parenting. Hoping they give them the penalties that will help wake these kids up.

  7. Is there a law that forbids the names and addresses of the parents or parent of these juveniles?

  8. Is there a law that forbids the names and addresses of the parents or parent of these juveniles from being shown in a newspaper?

  9. @Bill Matteson

    The age cutoff for juveniles was raised from age 16 to age 17 in 2010.

    At that time Illinois joined 38 states in using that age as the upper limit.

    Not sure that I agree with it, in fact, I would likely be more happy with it being age 17 UNLESS the individual has been cited into Juvenile Court proceeding TWO OR MORE TIMES prior to the current offense, in which case they would get a do not pass go, do not collect $200 but instead proceed directly to adult court.

  10. @John I agree with that assessment.

    However, there are certain laws that come with age 16 as well.

    Woodstock had a chance last election but wants the status quo.

    Now that he is on the RTA he will be stepping down to let Turner take the wheel.

    Another lackey!

  11. @gofigure

    Have you heard that he’s stepping down?

    I don’t think that the two offices are incompatible.

    If he were to step down, that would be the ONE good thing about placing him on the RTA Board.

    As for the age issue.

    Doesn’t matter the law, that applies to all.

    It’s just how the violations are handled by the courts.

    I see the 17 year old limit as being just one more chance for somebody who MAY deserve it.

    After all, I think that we can all agree that a 17 year old is kind of on the bubble as to development.

    If they’ve done the dance in Juvenile Court a couple of time previously, they don’t need the second (or third, fourth, fifth or sixth, etc) chance.

    Time to move them to the adult arena.

  12. Gosh, darn teenagers!


    I see the light now, we need to turn this racial for a better, more comprehensive conversation.

    I think that the gun was the motive to the criminal trespassing.

    Anyone here who thinks parents of a 14-year-old, who allegedly committed multiple crimes – should be publicly outed and shamed – should check if their oil is running low.

    That’s not my America!

    That’s dancing around many real issues(mental health, rising national levels of anxiety, broken families, unbroken families, rising suicides, the polarization in politics, guns, kids-will-be-kids, lack of social services), and playing the blame game.

    Most parents, love their children and would not condone this type of behavior.

    “The Law” is complex and quite arcane unless you’ve been involved in the court system, or studied it.

    The idea of “being a good citizen” and “being true to your country”, doesn’t have a real, tangible meaning to a kid(hasn’t for some time).

    Give the kids a break, good grief.

    Oh yeah, get off my lawn.

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