4 teens accused of firearms crimes, shots fired in Mt. Vernon

Mount Vernon Police Car

MT. VERNON, Ill. (KBSI) – Four teenagers face charges after Mount Vernon police say they were involved in multiple offenses involving illegal firearms or shots being fired.

A search warrant was served at a home on Oakland Street in Mt Vernon on January 6.

During the last month the Mt. Vernon Police Department saw an increase in weapons violations. During the course of the investigation, police say detectives identified a group of juveniles who had been involved in multiple offenses involving illegal firearms or shots being fired.

Police seized five illegal firearms and narcotics resulting in numerous felony charges against a 17-year-old male.

At 9:01 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, a detective from the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Officer Narcotics Unit saw a 15-year-old male walking in the area of 8th and Casey.

The teen was wanted in connection with charges from the ongoing investigation.

He was taken into custody and taken to the Mt. Vernon Police Department on charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to deliver 30-500 grams of cannabis, possession of a handgun under 18 years of age and possession of ammunition with no FOID card.

The juvenile was taken to the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Around 14:23 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, a detective with the narcotics unit saw two people walking in the 1100 block of south 42nd. The detective recognized one of the people, a 16-year-old male, and knew him to be wanted on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for parole violation.

The two entered the Culvers Restaurant where detectives tried to make contact with them. Both people began to run from officers and detectives, but were taken into custody.

The 16 year old was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and illegal narcotics, according to the Mount Vernon Police Department.

In addition to the IDOC parole violation warrant, he is charged with armed violence, unlawful possession of a handgun by a person under 18 years of age, possession of ammunition without a FOID Card, and resisting arrest.

The 16 year old was processed at the Mt. Vernon Police Department and detained in the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility pending transport back to the Department of Corrections.

The second person who ran, a 13-year-old male, discarded a firearm while being chased by officers, according to the police department. He was taken into custody on charges of armed violence, unlawful possession of a handgun by a person under 18 years of age, aggravated resisting arrest/injury to officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. The 13 year old was also processed at the Mt. Vernon Police Department and detained at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Police say all four of these individuals are associates and suspected to be working together in criminal offenses.

The investigation continues. Additional arrests are expected.

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