SWAT team arrests Joliet man
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org June 18, 2013 11:42AM
Zeeshan Rashid | Photo courtesy of Will County Sheriff's Office
Updated: July 20, 2013 6:33AM
JOLIET — A SWAT team went into an apartment Tuesday morning to arrest a man accused of shooting two men in a back yard last week.
Zeeshan Rashid, 19, also faces warrants for unlawful use of a weapon and violating parole conditions.
Joliet and Will County Sheriff’s police announced Monday afternoon that Rashid was a suspect or person of interest in several recent cases and requested the public’s help in finding him.
“We did receive phone calls and checked a number of different locations overnight,” Cmdr. Brian Benton said. “Early (Tuesday) morning, we were given information he was at an apartment at 418 N. Hickory Street.”
Police obtained a search warrant and SWAT officers raided the apartment around 5 a.m., according to reports.
At 9:45 p.m. Thursday, two men were on the back patio of a house in the 600 block of Algonquin Street when Rashid allegedly walked up and opened fire.
A 19-year-old man, who is a friend of the residents, was struck in the right hand. A 45-year-old man was shot three times in his right leg and twice in the left. Both victims survived and a warrant was issued charging Rashid with two counts of aggravated battery. Will County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said detectives have not determined why Rashid may have ambushed the men.
Rashid also was wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting of Adrian Resendiz, 18, on Sunday. Resendiz’s body was found near a garage off the alley between Baker and Hobbs avenues about 21/2 hours after gunfire was reported nearby.
According to reports, Rashid is also a “person of interest” in a separate armed robbery that occurred Sunday in Joliet and a June 12 burglary in unincorporated Will County where a .40-caliber handgun was stolen.
Rashid is no stranger to the state prison system. He first went to prison at age 17 for an attempted robbery in Joliet, according to court records.
In June 2011, Rashid was charged with two others in an attack on a customer filling up at a Larkin Avenue gas station. Rashid, along with Demetrius O. Carter Jr. and Clarence E. Knight III, surrounded a man, broke his car window and sprayed gasoline on his car, according to the criminal complaint.
Rashid pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery charge in July 2011 and was sentenced to two years in prison. He was released from Vandalia Correctional Center on May 9, 2012.
On May 24, 2012, Rashid was charged with theft for borrowing a cellphone from someone and keeping it, court records show.
He pleaded guilty to the theft charge in July 2012 and was sent back to prison.
He was released from Shawnee Correctional Center on Jan. 9, and was headed for Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections projected release notification.
At 4:10 p.m. Jan. 15, police ticketed him for walking down the middle of Spring Street. He gave police an address in Waukegan and was later charged with a misdemeanor for obstructing.
He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor in March and was sentenced to 60 days in the county jail.
Two recent complaints accuse Rashid of possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated battery. Police say Rashid shot Jose Padilla in the hand on June 13.