Police say a man wearing a winter ski mask in nearly 80-degree weather was arrested after he was found with a gun and allegedly threatened residents in Zion.
The Zion Police Department responded around 12:52 p.m. Monday to the 3000 block of Gideon Avenue in Zion for a suspicious person call.
Zion Police Department Lt. Derek Zaloudek said a 911 caller reported a male in a winter ski mask ringing their doorbell.
Officers arrived and located Michael E. Hill, 25, of Zion, sitting in a gray SUV outside of the caller’s residence.
Hill was wearing the mask described when officers approached him to investigate.
Zaloudek said officers developed cause to detain Hill while they continued their investigation into his actions.
Officers located a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun in his possession.
Zaloudek said Hill possessed a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card but no concealed carry license.
Officers determined that Hill came to the Gideon Avenue residence to collect money debt supposedly owed to him, Zaloudek said.
Hill communicated threats of violence to multiple residents there while attempting to collect the debt, Zaloudek said.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Hill was transported to the Lake County Jail and a judge ordered him held on a $150,000 bond.
Hill remains held in the jail and would need to post $15,000 cash in order to be released.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on August 15.