A Lakemoor man, who is a convicted felon, was arrested after police said he was in possession of 15 guns, which he illegally obtained after falsifying FOID documents, authorities said.
Grayson D. Ludovicus, 42, of the 28100 block of West Niagara Street in Lakemoor, has been charged with 15 counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, obstructing justice, endangering the life of a child and providing false information on a FOID application.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that the man legally changed his name in 2015 from Daniel Borke to Grayson D. Ludovicus.
Grayson, under his new identity, applied for a FOID card in 2016 and answered ‘No’ to the question, “Have you ever been convicted of a felony under the laws of this or any other jurisdiction,” thus lying on his FOID application, Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said. He was subsequently approved for a FOID card.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Gang Task Force and Lakemoor Police Department launched an investigation into Grayson after being tipped off that he falsified the FOID documents.
When they attempted to serve an arrest warrant at his home, Grayson and his wife, Kristen N. Ludovicus, 36, hid inside their residence, Covelli said.
Kristen spoke to detectives through a video doorbell and told them that Grayson wasn’t home. The Lake County Sheriff’s Warrants Team and U.S. Marshals arrived to assist. Police forced entry to the home and took both Grayson and Kristen into custody.
Grayson was found to be in possession of five firearms inside the home. Investigators learned he moved an additional ten firearms to a relative’s home in Ingleside, which were later seized by police.
Kristen was charged with obstructing justice for trying to hide Grayson in the home knowing he had a warrant, Covelli said. She was also charged with endangering the life of a child.
“Both Grayson and Kristen were charged with endangering the life of a child, as they allowed unsecured firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition, in their home, near their one-year-old and six-year-old children’s play area,” Covelli said.
“I’m very proud of the members of our Gang Task Force who worked in conjunction with the Lakemoor Police Department, DEA, and ATF to take illegally possessed firearms off our streets which could have inflicted much harm, if left in the wrong hands,” Sheriff John Idleburg said.
Grayson remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $250,000 bond.