Riverside police say a convicted felon charged with drunken driving and possessing a loaded handgun may have been on his way to his ex-girlfriend's home in Brookfield when he was pulled over for driving erratically on March 9 at about 3 a.m.
According to police, the Brookfield woman had obtained an order of protection from the suspect, identified as Xavier J. Mireles, 26, of Palos Hills. At the time of his arrest, Mireles had not been served with the order; Riverside police served him with the order while he was in their custody.
Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said it was "highly possible" that the traffic stop may have prevented a shooting, taking into account that Mireles was intoxicated, had a loaded gun and, according to investigators, may have been headed to his ex-girlfriend's home.
Mireles, according to police, has a prior criminal history that includes battery, drug offenses, drunken driving, domestic violence and reckless conduct.
On Feb. 16, according to a Brookfield police report, Mireles and his ex-girlfriend were involved in a domestic altercation in which the woman told police Mireles waited outside her home and attacked her when she arrived home that night.
At that time, the woman told police she didn't wish to pursue charges against Mireles, but would seek an order of protection.
Riverside police said an officer stopped Mireles on March 9 after his vehicle almost struck the median on Woodside Road at Park Place. An officer attempted to stop the vehicle at Forest Avenue and Kimbark Road, but Mireles reportedly continued west on Forest Avenue before stopping on Washington Avenue west of Golf Road in Brookfield.
Mireles reportedly was intoxicated and police observed open beer bottles in the front area of the vehicle along with a loaded Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun.
Traffic stop uncovers loaded gun, drugs
Javier A. Llanas, 22, of Oswego, faces felony weapons and drug charges after police pulled him over for a minor traffic offense in the 3500 block of Harlem Avenue on March 6 at about 5:05 p.m.
Police stopped Llanas because the 2006 Ford he was driving reportedly had expired license plates. After stopping Llanas, police learned his driver's license was suspended and that he was wanted on a warrant out of Kane County for failing to appear in court on a weapons charge.
While searching the vehicle prior to it being towed, police reported recovering a loaded 9 mm pistol from the front seat. In a hidden compartment in the front seat area, police reported recovering plastic bags containing cannabis and cocaine, as well as gloves and a black face mask.
Llanas had been convicted previously for unlawful use of a weapon, said police. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, felony drug delivery and possession and cited for traffic offenses.
Police are working with federal authorities to trace the serial number of the gun and sent it to the state police crime lab to see if it's a match in any unsolved criminal cases.
Police responded to a residence in the 2900 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, on the afternoon of March 9 to investigate a break-in that occurred sometime after 4 p.m. on March 7.
According to police, the offender used a brick paver from the patio to break a window on the storm door, giving access to the home. Bedrooms and the basement of the home had been ransacked, although the only item that appeared to be stolen was an Apple MacBook computer.
Brookfield police were dispatched to the corner of Southview and Blanchan avenues on March 7 at 10 a.m. after receiving a 911 call from a cellphone tower service employee reporting that someone had burglarized his unlocked work truck while he was inside the control room of the tower.
Police later learned someone unsuccessfully tried to use the victim's credit cards three times at a Target store in Hillside.
Brookfield police charged a 24-year-old Countryside man with drunken driving and traffic offenses after he allegedly lost control of his 2006 Nissan Altima, drove up onto parkway in front of a home in the 4200 block of Blanchan Avenue and then fled the scene on foot on March 7 at about 12:25 a.m.
Police stated that it appeared the offender's vehicle struck and dragged a large rock that police found near the curb. Police located him in an alley behind the 4300 block of Blanchan Avenue. Police also reported finding 7 grams of cannabis inside the vehicle.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 4-11, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.
— Compiled by Bob Uphues