Joliet father, son arrested on gun and pot charges
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org August 15, 2013 9:16PM
Laurice D. Thompson | Will County Sheriff's Office
Updated: September 17, 2013 8:22AM
JOLIET — Police arrested a father and son on pot and gun charges on Wednesday after neighbors reported hearing multiple gunshots outside their home.
Cmdr. Al Roechner said authorities received several 911 calls reporting shots fired at 11:33 p.m. from near 303 Edward St. When they arrived, police found a .32-caliber shell casing in the driveway and a dozen 9 mm casings in the back yard, Roechner said
Laurice D. Thompson, 40, did not want to let police inside, but the shell casings they found gave officers probable cause to go in, Roechner said. They found Thompson’s son, Devarrius Thompson, and his son’s friend, Jubyris M. Jordan, both 18, sitting near a computer desk.
“On top of the desk were two large bags of suspected cannabis,” Roechner said.
As the three men were taken outside, Laurice Thompson said the bags of marijuana were his, but police found three more baggies in his son’s pockets, Roechner said.
Police then obtained a search warrant and questioned the three men.
Jordan admitted the teens were shooting guns in the front and back yards, Roechner said.
“A 9 mm handgun and a .32-caliber handgun were found in one of the drawers of the computer desk the weed was sitting on,” Roechner said.
The 9 mm handgun was reported stolen during a burglary that was reported about three hours earlier in the 2300 block of White Birch Lane.
Laurice Thompson was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, unauthorized possession of ammunition and marijuana possession.
Devarrius Thompson was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and marijuana possession. Jordan, of 122 S. Eastern Ave., was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm. All three men were booked into the county jail.
On April 7, Devarrius Thompson was arrested after witnesses said he was showing off a handgun and fired into a creek near Second and Iowa avenues. The gunfire brought police who stopped four men and found Thompson carrying a handgun in his front pants pocket, Roechner said.
Jail records show Jordan was arrested last month on a charge of motor vehicle theft and in Feb. 2012 for battery.