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Lake County Sheriff’s deputy credited with thwarting possible homicide

Photo of guns, masks, crowbar, duct tape and other evidence recovered by police.

Three men armed with guns, masks and drugs are in custody after a traffic stop near Antioch. Investigators learned they were on their way to get retaliation against another group.

Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol near Route 173 and Lotus Avenue in Antioch Township.

The deputy stopped a vehicle and learned that the driver of the car, Davey J. Shower, 24, of Genoa City, Wisconsin, was driving on a revoked license.

The deputy also saw cocaine in the car while speaking with the three men. Police searched the vehicle and found 15 grams of cocaine, 100 Alprazolam pills, three loaded guns, three masks, three heavyweight jackets and a crowbar.

Police took Showers and the two other men, Thomas R. Fleckenstein, 27, of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and Jacob R. Lapenta, 21, of Genoa City, Wisconsin, into custody.

Left to right: Thomas R. Fleckenstein, Davey J. Shower and Jacob R. Lapenta.

Detectives learned that the three men were on their way to retaliate against another group who they were previously involved in an altercation with.

“An alert Sheriff’s Deputy successfully stopped a violent confrontation from taking place, which would have likely resulted in a homicide,” Sheriff Mark Curran said.

Fleckenstein was charged with armed violence, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Shower was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and obstructing identification along with citations for traffic violations. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.

Lapenta was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and released on a $1,500 recognizance bond.


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