Trespassing call leads to firearms, narcotics arrest in Mt. Vernon

Codie J. Jenkins (Source: Mount Vernon Police Department)
Codie J. Jenkins (Source: Mount Vernon Police Department)

MT. VERNON, Ill. (KBSI) – A trespassing call led to the arrest of man for firearms and narcotics charges.

Codie J. Jenkins, 18, faces charges of armed violence and possession of a firearm without a FOID card.

On Monday, December 12, at around 9:53 a.m. Mt. Vernon Police Department officers responded to the 4100 block of Willow Springs for a report of a person trespassing in a vacant apartment while possessing a firearm and narcotics.

While investigating the call a witness reported seeing a male, later identified as Jenkins, flee the area shortly before the officer’s arrival.

The officer began searching the area and saw a vehicle leaving the area with the male in it. The officer tried to stop the vechile at the rear of Time Square Mall, but the vehicle did not stop.

While traveling eastbound on the lot, Jenkins left the vehicle and began to run from the vehicle into a wooded area near Crossroads Community Hospital.

The officer chased Jenkins and caught him in the wooded area.

After searching Jenkins, the officer found him to be in possession of cannabis, scales, packaging materials and a loaded handgun, according to the Mount Vernon Police Department.

The handgun was later determined to be stolen from Centralia, Illinois.

Jenkins was taken to the Jefferson County Justice Center. His bond has been set at $150,000 (10% applies).

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