Police have arrested two men and are searching for two others who allegedly ran a stolen car off the road before fleeing from police and seeking refuge in a nearby cornfield.
Authorities are investigating whether any of the suspects could be tied to separate offenses in Chicago, Johnsburg Police Chief Keith Von Allmen said.
Johnsburg police began their investigation shortly after midnight Monday, when a resident in the Dutch Creek Estates neighborhood called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle, Von Allmen said.
A short chase ensued when officers tried to pull over the vehicle, which had been reported stolen days earlier, Von Allmen said.
The 2013 Toyota Avalon eventually veered off the road in the area of Chapel Hill and Bay roads, allowing four passengers to exit the car and flee on foot into a nearby cornfield, Von Allmen said.
Police found a Taurus 720 9mm pistol in plain sight inside the vehicle, according to criminal complaints.
Tommylee D. Johnson, 20, was located within the cornfield just after 1 a.m., Von Allmen said. After about three additional hours, police also arrested 18-year-old Tyler C. Malden in a nearby residential area.
Police continue to search for the two remaining suspects.
Malden, of the 9700 block of South Torrence Street, Chicago, and Johnson, of the 16300 block of State Street, South Holland, each are charged with criminal trespass to vehicles, resisting a peace officer and possession of a firearm. The accusations are misdemeanor offenses that typically result in less than one year in jail.
Malden additionally is charged with possession of a controlled substance – a felony punishable by one to three years in prison.
As police arrested Malden, they found a single pill of suspected Xanax, Von Allmen said.
Johnson posted bail Monday, and McHenry County Judge Joel Berg released Malden from jail without posting a cash bond Tuesday morning.
Malden’s next court date is scheduled for Oct. 12, and Johnson is due back in court Oct. 17.
Police expect additional arrests and more charges could be filed, Von Allmen said. The police chief reminded residents to lock their car doors and advised against leaving car keys in vehicles overnight.