Two arrested in Lake Villa on drug charges after foot chase with police
A Lake Villa Township man and a juvenile runaway have been charged with various crimes following a foot chase in Lake Villa, authorities said Thursday.
Marcello Brown, 28, of the 37000 block of Avon Drive, was charged with criminal trespass to a residence, resisting a police officer and two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, Lake Villa Police Chief Ron Roth said. The 17-year-old juvenile was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer.
The arrests came about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after a Lake Villa police officer observed Brown not wearing a seat belt while driving his 1999 Lincoln in the 500 block of Grand Avenue, Roth said.
The officer made a traffic stop on the vehicle in the McDonald's parking lot at Grand Avenue and Route 83, Roth said, but Brown and the juvenile ran immediately after stopping the car.
Roth said the officer called for assistance and pursued the suspects on foot across busy Route 83, but the suspects split up — one entered a residential area and the other headed north along Route 83 to Pleviak School.
Brown entered a home in the 300 block of Burnett through an unlocked kitchen door, Roth said, and startled the female homeowner who was sitting at her kitchen table.
Roth said the victim yelled for help before grabbing a kitchen chair and chasing Brown out of her house and into the back yard toward a nearby business. Officers took Brown into custody in a parking lot.
The juvenile was taken into custody in the Pleviak School parking lot at Grand Avenue and Route 83 after the foot pursuit by officers, Roth said.
Officers recovered 89 Oxycodone pills, 71 Hydrocodone pills and a small amount of cannabis from inside the vehicle, Roth said.
Brown was taken to the Lake County jail, where he is awaiting a bond hearing. The juvenile was taken to Lake County juvenile court, where he was processed and released to a legal guardian.
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