Drive-by Shooting Suspect Busted with Stolen Gun: Police

Dairemonte Lesley is accused of firing shots at house using a gun that had been reported stolen in Plainfield.

Daireonte Lesley. Photo credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
Daireonte Lesley. Photo credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
By Karen Sorensen 

A Joliet man who allegedly shot at a house in the 1300 block of Fairview Avenue was arrested on a slew of gun charges, Monday night, Joliet police said.

The shooting occurred at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Cmdr. Al Roechner said. Police responding to calls about shots being fired recovered several shell casings from the scene, but the driver of the tan 1980s Oldsmobile Toronado identified as the suspect's vehicle was gone, he said.

At about 9:50 p.m. Monday, officers spotted a car fitting the description and pulled over driver Daireonte O. Lesley, 18, of 1413 Cornflower Drive, in the 1100 block of Charlesworth after he failed to signal when turning, Roechner said.  

As the officers approached the car, they observed Lesley bend over and appear to put something beneath the passenger-side seat, which is where they recovered a 9mm Ruger pistol, he said. A check later determined the handgun had been reported stolen in Plainfield.

When interviewed by police, Lesley admitted he did the drive-by shooting, Roechner said.

Lesley was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated discharge of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, illegal possession of ammunition without an FOID card and possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card.
Lesley is being held in the Will County jail. Records show he was arrested in June 2012 on a charge of armed robbery.
joe August 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Come on man, now your arrest will bring Al, and Jessie here to protest anything they can come up with. You want to shoot someone, go to Chicago's Englewood District. They'll welcome you with open arms. Remember you're in the Burbs now son, we hunt, and fish here, and we all have guns and will shoot back.
Olddeegee August 21, 2013 at 12:15 PM
What charges will be filed for not properly securing a gun to prevent theft? A gun-safe, dismantling the weapon. Any true gun owner knows to secure a gun against unintended use.
ScienceTeach August 21, 2013 at 12:22 PM
I would like to know how you steal a gun. At a party? Robbery? Do you steal if from someone you know so you know where to find it?
Mayhem August 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Gun theft in some instances isn't hard at all. If the original gun owner did secure the gun , it's possible he/she secured it in one of those drawer type gun safes. Those can be carried away with no effort. As far as securing the gun for unintended use, if the gun is kept for home protection, dismantling the gun will defeat the whole purpose of having the gun for home protection. By the time it will take you to get to the safe, unlock it, put the gun back together...you're dead. There are 2 types of home invaders. 1. Those who intend to "just" steal items. Those types generally break in when they know no one is home. They generally wont have guns; just the tools they use to gain entry into the home. 2. Then there are the invaders that break in your home while someone is inside. Those are the clowns that intend to do great harm and don't care. When dealing with those types, speed is of great importance. You won't have time to unlock and reassemble a gun to protect yourself.
Tom Brooks August 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM
@Olddeegee So you're blaming the vitim of a theft for this other crime? Why does this seem rational to you? If I steal your unlocked car from your driveway and kill some family with it, is it YOUR fault? There is no such thing as 100% secure when it comes to theives. If they want it, they can get it, whether it be guns, jewelry, vehicles etc. Putting the blame on the victim here merely indicates your bias against gun ownership.
Melissa August 23, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Typical dirt bag


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