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.
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.
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.
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.
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.