Waukegan Police Department

  • Agency: Waukegan Police Department
  • Address: 101 N West St, Waukegan, 60085 IL
  • Chief: Dan Greathouse (Chief of Police)
Phone: 847-360-9000
Fax: 847-360-9853
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Waukegan Police Department is located at 101 N West St, Waukegan, 60085 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Dan Greathouse. The Waukegan Police Department phone number is 847-360-9000.

Waukegan Police Department News

PRESS RELEASE On January 11, 2018 the Waukegan Police Department (WPD) activated its Strike Force Unit (SFU) in a response to recent armed robberies in Waukegan. The SFU is composed of officers from different assignments inside the WPD. Once activated these officers report directly to the Chief of Police for a very specific task at hand. SFU officers, acting in an undercover capacity, began to conduct surveillance on business locations throughout the city. Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division believed that recent armed robberies were connected with a white four door sedan. That information was passed on to the Patrol Division and the SFU. While conducting surveillance on the 11th, around 8pm, in one of the business locations, an SFU officer spotted a sedan matching the above description. The sedan passed the business several times and then parked. The SFU officer contacted other SFU officers and patrol officers and relayed this information. While doing so, two subjects exited the sedan with their faces and hands concealed. A third subject stayed in the sedan. The business was the Dollar General located in the 2200 block of N. Lewis. As officers began to arrive on scene, both subjects ran from the Dollar General back to the sedan. All three subjects attempted to flee in the sedan, striking a police car. With the sedan inoperable, two subjects then fled on foot and the driver was taken into custody immediately in the sedan. Officers gave foot chase and eventually apprehended the other two subjects. Officers recovered a BB gun and proceeds from the robbery in the sedan and a loaded revolver during the foot pursuit. While officers were investigating the incident, witnesses from the business called 911 telling the dispatch operator that the convenience store had been robbed at gun point by two male subjects. The two subjects that fled on foot during the incident were Markis Randle, 39 years old, of Beach Park Illinois and Brandon Sledge, 37 years old, of Waukegan. Both are being held on $350K bonds in the Lake County Illinois Jail. Randle will appear in court again on 1-18-18 at 9am. Sledge will appear in court again on 1-30-18 at 1:30pm. The driver of the sedan, Robert E. Thomas, 46 years old, of Waukegan is currently in the custody of the Waukegan Police Department on a $750,000 arrest warrant. The arrest warrant was obtained today (1-16-18). Thomas is scheduled to appear in bond court on 1-17-18. It is alleged that all three subjects participated in armed robberies on 12-19-17 (Waukegan Gyro / 1100 block of Golf Rd), 12-26-17 (Mobile Gas / 1900 block of Washington St) and 1-11-18 (Dollar General / 2200 block of N. Lewis Ave). All three subjects are charged with three counts of armed robbery. Randle and Sledge were also charged with Resisting a Peace Officer. The loaded revolver was sent to the Northern Illinois Crime Lab for further processing. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

PRESS RELEASE On December 26, 2017 an officer from the Waukegan Police Department was involved in an officer involved shooting outside of the police department. On January 9, 2018, Edward Prado, 27 years old of Waukegan, was released from medical care and taken to bond court for a hearing. Prado was being held on a $150,000 warrant which was issued on December 28, 2017 in regards to the shooting. The warrant carried one count of Aggravated Robbery, one count of Attempting to Disarm a Peace Officer, one count of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and one count of Aggravated Assault. It is alleged that Prado arrived that night at the police department in a stolen vehicle and demanded the police officer’s firearm. Prado pointed his “firearm” at the police officer. The police officer shot Prado. Prado was armed with a BB gun. This incident is still being investigated by the Illinois State Police. Prado is currently in the custody of the Lake County Illinois Jail on a $150K remand and will appear in court again on February 7, 2018 at 1:30pm in C-120.

PRESS RELEASE On January 8, 2018 at approximately 12 am the Waukegan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division began a death investigation. The investigation is centered around a human body found on a piece of property located in the 1300 block of N. Jackson. The human body was located outside, in the elements. At approximately 2:30 am the Lake County Coroner’s Office was contacted and responded to the scene. “The decedent has not been identified at this time and an autopsy will be scheduled,” stated Lake County Coroner, Dr. Howard Cooper. This investigation is open and active. No other information will be released at this time. However, as updates become available, press releases will be sent out. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Waukegan Police Department’s “Tip-Line” at 847-360-9001.

PRESS RELEASE On January 4th, 2017, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Team, in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service – Great Lakes Region Fugitive Task Force (USMS-GLRFTF) and the U.S. Marshals Service – Pacific Southwest Fugitive Task Force (USMS-PSFTF), apprehended Rashaan M. Wade, 20, of Waukegan, IL. On December 15th, 2017, a felony warrant was issued for Rashaan M. Wade for “First Degree Murder” through the Waukegan Police Department. The warrant carried a bond of $3 million. Wade was wanted in connection with the December 11, 2017 homicide investigation in the Walmart parking lot. Wade is currently in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Office and is awaiting extradition to Illinois. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty

Today, the Waukegan Police Department swore in two new members, Quinten Stern and Alfredo Avila. We welcome them and wish them the best of luck! Congratulations gentlemen!

Congratulations to the young adults who graduated last night from the Waukegan Police Department's Youth Citizen's Police Academy! The students spent 40 hours over their winter break to learn about the profession and experience all areas of law enforcement. A big thank you to all involved!

For a few days this week and next week, the Waukegan Police Department is hosting it's second Youth Citizen's Police Academy class. The young adults are learning about the profession as well as getting to experience all facets of law enforcement. We are extremely proud of this program and young adults attending! Enjoy a few of the photos below!

PRESS RELEASE On December 26, 2017 at approximately 5pm an officer from the Waukegan Police Department’s Patrol Division was sitting in his squad car on the west side of the police department (100 Block of N. West Street) when he was approached by a male suspect in his 20s. The suspect immediately threatened the officer with, what appeared to be, a black semi-automatic handgun. The officer shot the suspect. The suspect was taken to an area hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The officer was also taken to an area hospital for precautionary measures. The officer was treated and released. The black semi-automatic handgun was a BB gun. Currently the incident is being investigated by the Illinois State Police. Further information will be released as it is available. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

PRESS RELEASE On December 19, 2017 at approximately 9pm officers from the Waukegan Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to Waukegan Gyro located at 1210 Golf Road for a reported armed robbery. Upon location officers spoke to staff and discovered the business was robbed. Staff explained to officers that two suspects entered the business and demanded money at gunpoint. Both suspects were armed with handguns. Both suspects had their faces concealed and are described as being a larger build, both in the 6 foot range. As seen in the photo, one has on a red hoodie and the other a black hoodie. Both suspects fled the business on foot. This case is being investigated by the Waukegan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Waukegan Police Department’s “Tip-Line” at 847-360-9001.

PRESS RELEASE On December 11, 2017 at approximately 6pm officers from the Waukegan Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to the Walmart parking lot in the 3900 block of Fountain Square for reports of shots fired. While en route officers were updated that a person had been shot. Upon arrival officers located the victim in the parking lot on the east side of the building. The victim had been shot and was pronounced deceased at the scene. That victim was identified as 23-year-old Jovan DuBose from Park City, Illinois. On December 15, 2017 Octavis Jones, 21 years old, from Waukegan and Shajuan Garrett, 18 years old, from Zion, Illinois were taken to court for a bond hearing. Both men have been charged each with one count of First Degree Murder. Jones and Garrett have both been remanded into the custody of the Lake County Illinois Jail and each have a $3 Million bond. Both are scheduled to appear again in court on January 11, 2018 at 1:30pm. On December 16, 2017 Gerard Wade, 22 years old, from North Chicago was taken to bond court for a bond hearing. G. Wade was also charged with one count of First Degree Murder. G. Wade has been remanded into the custody of the Lake County Illinois Jail on a $5 million bond. G. Wade is scheduled to appear in court again on December 19, 2017 at 9am. Finally, an arrest warrant has been issued for Rashaan Wade, 20 years old, of Waukegan for First Degree Murder. The warrant carries a bond of $3 Million and was issued on December 15, 2017. R. Wade is considered armed and dangerous. The public is asked to call 911 if R. Wade is spotted. The weapon in this incident has not been recovered. This case is open and active. At this point the Waukegan Police Department will NOT be indicating the level of participation by each suspect or get into specifics about the incident. The relationship between Gerard and Rashaan is unclear, however they appear to be related. Detectives believe the homicide was related to an illegal drug sale. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Detectives with the Waukegan Police Department are seeking help from the public to identify the below subject and vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Llenza at 847-599-2671.

Tonight we celebrated the completion of our Citizen's Police Academy class. They spent 11 weeks with us. The learned about traffic laws, use of force, traffic stops, neighborhood policing and so many parts of our police department and policing. We appreciate their open minds and their dedication! This was a great class and we look forward to our next class. Stay tuned for dates. #explorewaukegan.

PRESS RELEASE On December 11, 2017 at approximately 6pm officers from the Waukegan Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to the Walmart parking lot in the 3900 block of Fountain Square for reports of shots fired. While en route officers were updated that a person had been shot. Upon arrival officers located the victim in the parking lot on the east side of the building. It appeared the victim had been shot and was pronounced deceased at the scene. At approximately 9pm the Lake County Coroner’s Office was notified and responded to the scene. Currently the Waukegan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the incident. Investigators do not believe there is a threat to the community and are classifying this incident as “isolated”. As updates are available, information will be released. On December 12, 2017 at 9am an autopsy was performed. “The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Jovan DuBose from Park City. Preliminary autopsy results confirm that Mr. DuBose died from injuries related to a gunshot. His family has been notified,” according to Lake County Coroner, Dr. Howard Cooper. “Toxicology results are pending,” he added. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Waukegan Police Department’s “Tip-Line” at 847-360-9001.

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Cub Scout Pack 616 recently did a community project and decided to collect donations for Animal Control. Last night, Director of Waukegan Police Animal Control Susan Elliot spoke with the children and accepted the donations. A huge thank you to Cub Scout Pack 616, we appreciate your hard work and generosity!

As winter quickly approaches, we would like to remind those who park on the city streets of a couple important ordinances. The ALTERNATE PARKING ORDINANCE states that vehicles must park on the odd side of the street on odd calendar days and the even numbered side of the street on even calendar days. The ordinance will be enforced by the police department daily from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. The PARKING RESTRICTED AFTER SNOWFALL ORDINANCE states that vehicles should not be parked upon any street designated as a "snow route" according to the "Emergency Snow Route Map," after a snowfall of two or more inches has occurred and until such time as snow removal operations are completed as determined by the police department, except as follows: This section shall not be effective until 6:00 a.m. for all accumulations of two or more inches of snow occurring at or after midnight and a violation of this section shall not be chargeable until at or after 6:00 a.m. The alternate parking ordinance has been in effect to increase safety on city streets during winter weather and to better identify abandoned vehicles year round. Closely monitoring on-street parking during snow storms allows public works crews to quickly and more efficiently remove snow to make streets drivable. The penalty for not complying with alternate parking is a $25 citation and towing and impoundment for snow route violations. The snow route/emergency snow route map can be found on the city website www.waukeganil.gov.

Detectives with the Waukegan Police Department are seeking help from the public to identify the below subject. Anyone with information is being asked to contact Det. Amann at 847-596-5456. Possible cash reward for positive identification.

PRESS RELEASE On November 23, 2017 at approximately 6:30 am officers from the Waukegan Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to the area of Belvidere Road and Lewis Avenue for a vehicle accident. Based on the severity of the accident the Waukegan Police Department’s Traffic Division was called into investigate. Investigators believe that the vehicle was travelling northbound on Lewis Avenue at Belvidere Road when the vehicle struck a light pole. The vehicle is described as a four door sedan. Two people total were in the vehicle. The passenger of the vehicle is a male in his 20s. He was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. At this point it is unknown if the passenger had on his seatbelt, but investigators believe he did. He was treated and released. The driver of the vehicle was a female. The female was also transported to an area hospital where she passed due to her injuries. Currently Investigators do not believe she was wearing her seatbelt. Based on the investigation it is also believed that alcohol played a factor in the accident. At 7:39 am the Lake County Coroner’s Office was notified and responded to the crash site and the hospital. On November 27, 2017 at 9 am, an autopsy was performed on the driver. She has been identified as 31 year-old Maria Castillo, of Zion, according to Lake County Coroner, Dr. Howard Cooper. “Preliminary autopsy results confirm that she died due to multiple blunt force injuries from a motor vehicle crash. Toxicology results are pending,” he stated.

REMINDER!! We are hosting our second Youth Citizen's Police Academy December 27-29, 2017 and January 2-3, 2018. Please see attached link for application and email them back to Craig.Neal@waukeganil.gov. Class size is limited and spots will be filled based on when completed applications are received. It is best for you to email your completed application back to us completely filled out to avoid missing this opportunity.The deadline for application submission is 12/11/17 at 8:00 am.

We are hosting our second Youth Citizen's Police Academy December 27-29, 2017 and January 2-3, 2018. Please see attached link for application and email them back to Craig.Neal@waukeganil.gov. Class size is limited and spots will be filled based on when completed applications are received. It is best for you to email your completed application back to us completely filled out to avoid missing this opportunity.The deadline for application submission is 12/11/17 at 8:00 am. http://www.waukeganil.gov/index.aspx?nid=584

We are seeking the public's assistance, anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Detective Villalobos at 847-782-2369 or Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222