Woman escapes creepy man at Sycamore Speedway

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – First, he asked for her help with an ATM machine.

Then he showed her a picture of his dog, while standing so close to her that he brushed up against her shoulder.

He asked her name and where she lived.

Then, against her wishes, he insisted on walking with her to her car and said, “Don’t worry, I’m not a psycho or anything. I’m not going to murder you.”

Then he reassured her that he “wasn’t going to kidnap” her.

The woman reported to police being frightened by this man’s aggressive behavior Saturday while at the Sycamore Speedway, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports.

The woman had been working at the front gate at the Sycamore Speedway, 50 W. 86 Route 64, in Virgil Township near Maple Park.

She told police that near the end of her shift at 11:15 p.m., she was approached by a man who appeared about 19 years old, with red hair, stood about 5 feet 11 inches tall, and was wearing a white T-shirt, jeans and a light-colored flannel shirt, according to sheriff’s reports.

Their conversation began with the ATM, then his dog photos, then after he walked to her car and she unlocked it with her key fob, he entered her front passenger side and sat down, reports stated.

The woman told him he had to leave because she was giving a co-worker a ride home; he said he would wait until the co-worker came.

She told him to get out because she needed to drive over to pick up her co-worker.

Then he claimed he dropped something on the passenger-side floor and began looking for it, according to reports.

She turned on the dome light to aid in the search; he told her to turn it off because it was “too bright.”

She exited of the car hoping to get him to exit the car.

She then walked to the rear of the car and he followed – and he hugged her and said he wanted to take her out on a date, but said that if they went out, he preferred to have no cellphones because they are a distraction.

She got back into the car and locked the doors. The young man tried to open the passenger’s side, insisting that he dropped something.

But she could see there was nothing on the floor and began to leave the parking lot, according to the reports.

The man entered a tan, mid-sized sport utility vehicle – she did not know the make, model or license plate – and pulled out of the parking lot behind her.

She traveled west on Route 64 with the man following, but then he passed her and began to slow down and swerve erratically in front of her, according to the reports.

She became alarmed and began calling family members until she reached her grandfather, who stayed on the line with her as he drove to where she was.

As she entered Sycamore, the tan SUV pulled into the Clark gas station, 227 E. State St., at 11:45 p.m. and she passed it, he pulled out and began following her again.

She drove directly to the Sycamore police station to ask for assistance, according to the reports.

Sycamore police said they would attempt to obtain video surveillance from the gas station, which may identify the vehicle and man, according to the reports.

The woman said she would consider the option of signing a complaint against the man if he could be identified.

Police: DeKalb man had planned to sell pills, stole TVs

SYCAMORE – Prosecutors have filed drug and theft charges against a DeKalb man accused of ripping off area big-box stores.

Kamaree V. Green, 23, of the 800 block of Ridge Drive, was charged Sept. 11 with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, according to court records. Police said in court documents that Green had talked to an undercover officer earlier in the day and agreed to sell four pills of ecstasy for $90.

About 6:15 p.m. Sept. 11, police officers approached Green in the 300 block of Annie Glidden Road and told him he was a suspect in a drug investigation, according to court records. Green admitted to having the pills, according to court documents. In a later interview, he admitted he planned to sell them.

DeKalb police arrested Green on Tuesday at his home, and this time he admitted to a series of retail thefts: a futon taken from Walmart on June 10, two Samsung and one Phillips television taken from Walmart on June 19, a Vizio television taken from Walmart on Sept. 14 and Amazon Fire Sticks taken from Target on Monday, according to court records.

Green previously was convicted of theft in Cook County, according to court documents.

If convicted of the most serious charge, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, Green could face up to seven years in prison.

Judge Phillip Montgomery noted in court Wednesday that the crimes of which Green was accused were not violent and did not involve a weapon. He ordered Green released on his signature and that he be placed on pretrial supervision.

He is due in court at 9 a.m. Nov. 11.

DeKalb man hurled drywall into woman's face, police say

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man who police say attacked a woman with a piece of drywall and had his fist wrapped in a chain when he punched a man remained behind bars at the DeKalb County jail Tuesday.

According to court documents, Jacob E. Roodhouse, 28, of the 1100 block of Rushmoore Drive, rode his bicycle at 8:15 p.m. Monday to the 100 block of John Street where DeKalb police say he threw a piece of drywall at a woman. The drywall hit the woman in the face, bounced off and hit another woman in the stomach, according to court records.

Roodhouse then punched a man in the side of the head with his chain-wrapped fist, according to court documents, causing a gash that paramedics later told police would require stitches. A witness then tackled Roodhouse, according to court documents.

Roodhouse was charged with aggravated battery and battery. If convicted of the more serious crime of aggravated battery, Roodhouse could face up to five years in prison.

DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen Harrell asked the court to hold Roodhouse on a $50,000 bond.

Judge Phillip Montgomery noted that Roodhouse has three previous felonies, and agreed to set Roodhouse’s bond at $50,000. Should Roodhouse come up with the $5,000 necessary to get out of jail, Montgomery ordered that he be placed on pretrial supervision and electronic home monitoring.

Roodhouse is next due in court at 9 a.m. Oct. 11.

Aurora man tried to swallow cocaine while being booked, police say

SYCAMORE – An Aurora man who DeKalb police say tried to swallow suspected crack cocaine in a police station booking room now faces drug and obstruction of justice charges.

According to court documents, DeKalb police stopped a vehicle belonging to Eddie K. McSwain, 47, of the 1700 block of Molitor Road, at 10:21 a.m. Monday in the 100 block of West Lincoln Highway. McSwain was not driving, but police arrested him after learning that he had warrants for failure to appear in court and for aggravated battery in Kendall County, according to court documents.

A search of McSwain’s car uncovered a glass and a metal crack pipe, police reported.

While booking McSwain at the police station, a police officer reported that McSwain took a piece of paper from his pocket and put it into his mouth, according to court documents. After ordering him to spit it out, police found a white rock in the paper that tested positive for cocaine, according to court documents.

McSwain was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, attempted obstruction of justice and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court documents.

If convicted of the most serious charge, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, he could face one to three years in prison.

Judge Philip Montgomery ordered McSwain released on his signature Tuesday, and that he be on pretrial supervision. He is next due in court at 9 a.m. Nov. 15.

DeKalb man throws drywall, punches, police say

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man who police say attacked a woman with a piece of drywall and punched a man with his hand wrapped in a chain remained in DeKalb County jail Tuesday.

According to court documents, Jacob E. Roodhouse, 28, of the 1100 block of Rushmoore Drive, rode his bicycle at 8:15 p.m. Monday to the 100 block of John Street where DeKalb police say he threw a piece of drywall at a woman. The drywall hit the woman in the face, bounced off and hit another woman in the stomach, according to court records.

Roodhouse then punched a man in the side of the head with a chain wrapped around his fist, according to court documents, causing a gash that paramedics later told police would require stitches. A witness then tackled Roodhouse, according to court documents.

Roodhouse was charged with aggravated battery and battery. If convicted of the more serious crime of aggravated battery, Roodhouse could face up to five years in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephen Harrell asked the court to hold Roodhouse on $50,000 bond.

Judge Phillip Montgomery noted that Roodhouse has three prior felonies. He gave Roodhouse on $50,000 bond. Should Roodhouse come up with the $5,000 necessary to get out of jail, Montgomery ordered he be placed on pre-trial supervision and electronic home monitoring.

Roodhouse is next due in court at 9 a.m. on Oct. 11.

Police: Man asked police for help with his illegal gun

SYCAMORE – A Sycamore man who police said called the DeKalb police to get a rifle from a residence he no longer lived at is facing felony gun charges and remains in jail.

According to court documents, Edward P. Hoover, 38, of the 500 block of State Street, called police just after 5 p.m. Sept. 6 to ask about getting a firearm he had at home in the 1300 block of Adams Way, DeKalb. When police arrived, they asked a woman who lived there if they could search the home and she agreed, according to court documents.

During the search, police found a .22-caliber Keystone Crickett rifle with a sawed-off stock and barrel, along with .22-caliber ammunition, according to court documents. The woman said she did not know they were there before, according to court documents.

Hoover, who pleaded guilty to a felony charge in Sept. 2004 in Cook County, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm without a FOID card and possession of ammunition without a FOID card.

If convicted of the most serious offense of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, Hoover could face up to 10 years in prison.

He was picked up on a warrant by DeKalb police Saturday, Cmdr. Bob Redel said.

In court Monday, Judge Phillip Montgomery ordered that Hoover be held on a $10,000 bond. If he were to come up with the $1,000 needed to get out of jail, Hoover also would be placed on pretrial supervision and electronic home monitoring, Montgomery ordered.

Hoover is next due in court Oct. 11 for a preliminary hearing.

Sheriff's office: Impaired driving causes crashes, injuries Saturday, Sunday

A pair of auto crashes Saturday night and early Sunday resulted in injuries and driving under the influence charges against two drivers.

The first incident occurred at 9:37 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Route 38 and Fourth Street in Malta. According to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's office, a black 2012 Honda Fit was headed east on Route 38 when it crossed into oncoming traffic, colliding with a tan 2002 Ford Taurus.

The driver of the Honda, Patrick R. Palmer, 23, of the 4900 block of Willow Road in Evansville, Indiana, was charged with driving under the influence and improper lane use. Both Palmer and the driver of the Taurus, Sean T. Smith, 18, of the 1100 block of South Fifth Street in DeKalb, were taken by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash, which included cuts and possible broken bones, according to a news release.

Police said a second alcohol-related crash occurred less than five hours later at 2:15 a.m. Sunday on Route 64 near the intersection with Peace Road.

According to a news release from the Sheriff's office, Branden R. R. Beasley, 24, of 1000 block of north Second Street in DeKalb, was traveling east on Route 64 when his white 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup struck a guard rail. After an investigation, Beasley was charged with driving under the influence, police said.

Sycamore Police write 21 tickets in seatbelt, impaired driving enforcement campaign

SYCAMORE – Extra police patrols aimed at keeping roads safe ahead of the Labor Day weekend led resulted in Sycamore Police making 48 traffic stops that resulted in 21 traffic citations in August.

According to a new release, the citations issued included one arrest for impaired driving and seven citations to people who were not wearing seat belts in vehicles.

In coordination with law enforcement agencies around the state as part of the "Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over / Click It Or Ticket" campaign, Sycamore police ramped up enforcement efforts from Aug. 15 to Aug. 28, adding seven extra patrols dedicated solely to enforcement of seatbelt and impaired driving violations.

The program is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation using federal money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Although our officers continue their diligent efforts to stop impaired drivers, we are pleased to see an increase in the number of citizens who make the smart choice and either call for a ride-sharing service, or have a designated driver take them home.” police Sgt. Joseph Meeks said. “We also know seatbelts save lives, and want to continue to encourage citizens to buckle up themselves and their passengers before driving.”

Update: NIU student facing criminal charges banned from campus

SYCAMORE – A Northern Illinois University student facing gun charges was in court for a second day Tuesday after additional charges had been filed.

Cinque C. Simmons, 19, of the 9200 block of South Pleasant Avenue, Chicago, appeared in DeKalb County court Tuesday morning in front of Judge Phillip Montgomery via closed-circuit television from DeKalb County jail Tuesday.

The new charges were aggravated attempt to flee or elude the police, along with the previous charges of aggravated battery, defacing the identification on a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm without a FOID.

If convicted of the most serious charge of aggravated battery, Simmons could face up to seven years in prison.

Lisa Miner, spokesperson for NIU, said Simmons was living in Stevenson North residence hall since classes began in August, but after the university learned about his criminal charges, he was banned from campus Monday night.

“Banned means per the university, he’s not to attend classes or be on campus until the student conduct review process is complete,” Miner said.

Montgomery ordered Simmons banned from NIU property as a condition of his release. He was released from DeKalb County Jail on his signature.

On Sunday evening, NIU police helped DeKalb police locate Simmons after they tried to pull him over in a Jeep, according to court documents. After searching his residence hall, NIU police located Simmons at Huskie Stadium and arrested him. Police found a Glock 23 .40-caliber handgun in his waistband with seven rounds in the magazine and the serial number filed off, according to court documents.

After being taken to the NIU police station, police said Simmons threw a chair against the wall, causing about $500 in damage. Paramedics were called to evaluate Simmons and, while trying to transport him, police said Simmons punched an NIU police officer with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose, according to court documents.

Former NIU student arrested at Huskie Stadium on battery, gun charges

SYCAMORE – A Northern Illinois University student faces gun and battery charges after police said he struck a police officer Sunday evening after he was arrested at Huskie Stadium.

Cinque C. Simmons, 19, of the 9200 block of South Pleasant Avenue, Chicago, was charged with aggravated battery, defacing the identification on a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm without a FOID card after NIU police arrested him at 10:59 p.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of Stevenson Drive.

If convicted of the most serious charge of aggravated battery, he could face up to seven years in prison.

An NIU police officer heard over the radio that the DeKalb police tried to pull over a gray Jeep with Illinois plates, according to court documents.

When the Jeep did not stop, DeKalb police did not continue the pursuit, according to court documents.

NIU police saw the the Jeep was registered to an NIU student, Simmons. Two NIU police officers went to find Simmons at Stevenson North residence hall, according court documents. Simmons walked out of the residence hall.

NIU police again encountered Simmons at Huskie Stadium, where he was placed in handcuffs and searched, according to court documents. Police found a Glock 23 .40-caliber handgun in his waistband with seven rounds in the magazine and the serial number filed off, according to court documents.

After being taken to the NIU police station, police said Simmons threw a chair against the wall, causing about $500 in damage. Paramedics were called to evaluate Simmons and, while trying to transport him, police said Simmons punched an NIU police officer.

with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose, according to court documents.

NIU did not immediately return calls for comment.

Assistant State’s Attorney Suzanne Collins said in court Monday that more charges were expected from the DeKalb Police Department. Judge Phillip Montgomery ordered the case held over until Tuesday morning so all charges could be addressed at the same time. Simmons was to remain in the DeKalb County Jail. Simmons is due in court at 9 a.m. Tuesday.