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Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton said police were forced to set up a perimeter search to track down Jamelle Collier, who fled when officers asked him for an ID.

Jamelle Collier
Jamelle Collier
A man who'd been squatting in an empty Aspen Falls subdivision home was arrested on a burglary charge Monday morning following a police manhunt, Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton said.

Police responded to a 9 a.m. call about someone living illegally in a home in the 6700 block of Sahara Drive and spotted a man fitting the suspect's description walking down the street, Benton said. They stopped him for questioning, but the suspect took off running when they asked for identification, he said.

The officers called for backup units, including search dogs, and set up a perimeter search near the area of Caton Farm and County Line roads. Jamelle D. Collier, 22, of 7017 Creekside, Plainfield, was taken into custody a short while later, Benton said.

Under questioning, Collier admitted to police he'd been living in the unoccupied house periodically and had stolen items from inside, he said. It's not known if the house was in foreclosure or if Collier knew the owners.

Collier was arrested on charges of residential burglary and obstructing police, Benton said. He's being held in the Will County jail pending a Tuesday afternoon bond hearing.

There have been several home and vehicle break-ins reported in the subdivision in recent weeks, and police are interviewing Collier as a possible suspect, the chief said.
Julia Marshall September 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM
The whole are around caton farm and county line has had nothing but trouble lately. Why cant the thugs just stay in Chicago??
mike September 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM
When we have "Gut Feeling " we should call the police it's better to be on the safe side because sooner or later this guy would had to break into someones house to get food/money to survive. With all the empty homes in the area make you think how many of them have someone living in them.


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