Naperville: Pre-Trial Detention Ordered for Chicago Convicted Felon on Parole Charged with Armed Habitual Criminal for Alleged Illegal Possession of a Firearm
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~ On September 26, 2023, Naperville police officers on foot patrol at TopGolf on Odyssey Court observed an extended magazine protruding from a firearm in the driver's side door of a parked vehicle. When officers searched the vehicle, they found a Glock 27 .40 caliber handgun loaded with nineteen rounds in the driver's side door compartment. The driver of the vehicle, Ronald Richardson (d.o.b. 8/8/1989) of the 12000 block of S. Aberdeen Street, Chicago, was taken into custody at that time.

DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Jason Arres announced today that Judge Joshua Dieden granted the State's motion to hold pre-trial for Richardson who is charged with one count of Armed Habitual Criminal (Class X Felony) and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon (Class 2 Felony). Richardson is currently on parole out of Cook County on an Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon Conviction.

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Berlin stated that "As a convicted felon, Mr. Richardson is prohibited from legally owning a firearm...Allegations such as those against Mr. Richardson will not be tolerated in DuPage County and will be fully prosecuted." He also commended the Naperville Police Department for their proactive efforts which led to the removal of a dangerous weapon from our streets and quite possibly prevented a future tragedy.

Arres expressed his appreciation for Berlin's office and their collaboration in keeping DuPage County safe from violent criminals saying "Proactive policing is a critical part of our mission to keep this community safe, and our officers are doing an outstanding job in this regard...We have no way of knowing what crimes we've possibly prevented by taking a firearm out of the hands of someone who can't legally possess it."

Richardson's next court appearance is scheduled for October 23, 2023, for arraignment in front of Judge Brian Telander. It is important to note that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant's guilt; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

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