One of the three suspects has been arrested after prosecutors say three masked men entered a man’s home in Waukegan, “jumped” him and shot him in the back.
Deavon Fonder, 23, of Zion, was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, a Class X felony.
The Waukegan Fire Department and Waukegan Police Department responded around 1:45 p.m. on August 26 to the 1000 block of Judge Avenue in Waukegan.
A resident called 911 to report a man slumped over after he had asked them to take him to the hospital, according to fire department radio traffic.
Paramedics found the man was incoherent and had low blood sugar.
They transported him to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he was further evaluated by medical staff, a police report said.
Medical staff found the man had been shot in his back and suffered serious injuries internally, the report said.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Daly said surveillance video showed three suspects approaching the victim’s house wearing ski masks.
The victim identified one of the suspects to be Fonder.
The video showed the three suspects, the victim and the victim’s roommate entering the residence.
At one point, the suspects were in the victim’s bedroom and he confronted them, Daly said.
The male victim reported he was “jumped” by the suspects and then shot in the back by Fonder while walking up the stairs, Daly said.
The victim said he saw Fonder had a gun in his hand after the shooting. Daly said the incident was unprovoked.
Fonder returned to the house three days after the shooting and flashed a gun at the victim’s roommate, Daly said.
Daly said video surveillance also captured Fonder throwing a brick through a window of the residence.
A warrant was issued for Fonder a month after the shooting and he was taken into custody last week.
Fonder has two active criminal cases in Lake County and an active criminal case in Chicago.
He also has a juvenile conviction for criminal sexual assault for which he received five years of probation.
A public defender representing Fonder said his client denies involvement in the shooting.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a petition to detain Fonder pending trial.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak granted the petition during a detention hearing and remanded Fonder to the Lake County Jail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 29.