By Dee Longfellow

For The Independent


Yesterday, Wednesday, June 7, at about 8 p.m., the Independent received a tip that a hostage situation was underway in the 200 block of Plymouth in Villa Park. A witness saw a large group of police vehicles surrounding a residence and viewed one officer walking toward the house with a M-16 rifle.

As it turned out, the incident was not in fact a hostage situation but rather, a person of interest in two other criminal investigations had barricaded himself inside the house. He was not holding hostages.

The incidents in question allegedly occurred on the 900 block of West North Avenue in Villa Park, detectives said. One involved the unlawful discharge of a firearm on June 6 and the second, a robbery that occurred on May 29. The person of interest was also wanted on an active warrant issued by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a release issued by the Villa Park Police Department, at approximately 3 p.m., detectives located a person of interest involving these incidents at a residence on the 200 block of East Plymouth in Villa Park. Upon making contact, the subject refused to exit the residence. Due to the concern that the subject may be armed with a handgun, the NIPAS Swat Team was requested to the scene. The subject continued a standoff and refused to exit the residence after being advised he was under arrest.

The subject eventually surrendered to officers and was taken into custody unharmed. Detectives subsequently served a search warrant on the residence and recovered a handgun and ammunition. 

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

The Independent will update this story as more information becomes available.

Update to story:

Identity of suspect released

6/8/17 at 12:30 p.m.

Timothy Jackson

In regards to the incident, suspect Timothy Jackson, 25, of Villa Park, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Weapon by Felon, being a firearm which is a class 2 felony and Resisting a Peace Officer, a class A misdemeanor. Jackson was transported to the DuPage County Jail to be held for bond court.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Any further questions can be directed to Detective Sergeant Bill Lyons, 630-592-6117 or email



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