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Two arrested, five guns recovered by police in Freeport

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FREEPORT (WREX) — Two men were arrested and multiple weapons were recovered in Freeport over the weekend.

Police say they during the late evening hours of May 1st, 2021, Freeport Police Officers observed a large gathering of people affiliated with a local hybrid street gang in the area of State Avenue and Iroquois Street.

Police say there's been multiple reports of gunfire in that area recently.

While doing surveillance, police say they saw two men in possession of a gun. When officers moved in on the group of people, the group ran away.

Police were able to make two arrests, both of which were men who had a gun.

Isiah Ross, 22, and Deangelo Burgess, 23, both of Freeport, were taken into custody. A loaded 9mm pistol was collected as evidence during the arrest of
Isiah Ross, according to police. A loaded 9mm pistol and a loaded .22 caliber pistol were collected as evidence during the arrest of Deangelo Burgess, police say.

Authorities say two additional guns were located near the intersection of State Avenue and Iroquois Street. Police say one was a loaded 9mm pistol and the other one was a loaded 10mm pistol. It is believed that the guns were discarded by the group of people who ran away when police tried to approach them.

The 10mm pistol that was recovered was found to have been stolen from a Ridott, Illinois residence in March of 2019.

Ross faces multiple charges, including Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon and Resisting a Peace Officer. Burgess is charged with the following:

  • Unlawful Possession of Weapons by a Felon
  • Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon (immediately accessible)
  • Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon (No FOID)
  • Possession of Firearm without Requisite FOID
  • Resisting a Peace Officer

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