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Wanted Mundelein man found with rifle after threatening to jump from apartment balcony

Francisco J. Pina, 18, of Mundelein, was arrested after police found him in possession of an AR-15 rifle and drugs during a warrant in Vernon Hills.

A wanted Mundelein man was found with a rifle after he threatened to jump from a Vernon Hills high-rise apartment balcony when police and U.S Marshals attempted to execute a warrant.

Francisco J. Pina, 18, of the 300 block of Longwood Terrace in Mundelein, was wanted on a failure to appear arrest warrant for three counts of child pornography, aggravated battery, manufacturing/delivery of cannabis  and unlawful possession of a controlled substance following an investigation by Mundelein police.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Team and U.S. Marshals learned that Pina was attempting to avoid apprehension by staying with a relative in the 1100 block of Museum Boulevard in Vernon Hills.

Authorities forced entry to the 6th floor apartment where Pina was staying after he refused to open the door.

“Pina retreated to the apartment’s balcony and threatened to jump from the 6th floor, if the Warrants Team got any closer to him. Pina sat down on the railing while threatening to jump,” Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.

Police negotiated with Pina for around 45 minutes before he came off the railing and walked back inside the apartment where he surrendered peacefully, Covelli said.

An AR-15 rifle was located in Pina’s possession inside the apartment along with cannabis that was packaged for delivery. Additional charges of unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a firearm were approved by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Pina remains held at the Lake County Jail pending a court hearing Tuesday morning.


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