One of Two Shooters in Custody from Investigation of Home Invasion on North Gerberding Ave in Ingleside

Jerome D. Freeman, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, Armed Robbery suspect
Jerome D. Freeman, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, Armed Robbery suspect.

Following a thorough investigation, members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task identified Jerome D. Freeman, 28, of the block of 36600 North Fairfield Road, Lake Villa Township, as one of the suspected two shooters involved in a shots fired and shooting incident involving two victims that occurred on Saturday February 9, 2019 about 5:45 a.m. in the block of 34600 North Gerberding Avenue in Ingleside.

On February 28, 2019, Gang Task Force Detectives obtained an arrest warrant (bond amount $1,000,000.00) for Freeman for:

Home Invasion (Class X Felony)
Aggravated Battery with a Firearm (Class X Felony)
Armed Robbery (Class X Felony)
Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm (Class 1 Felony)

Freeman is currently being held in the Cook County Jail on unrelated charges. He will be transferred to the Lake County Jail following the conclusion of his Cook County cases. Sheriff Idleburg reminds the community all defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

The Lake County Sheriff’s office said that the investigation is ongoing regarding the identification of the second offender.

On Saturday February 9, 2019, at approximately 5:45AM, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the block of 34600 North Gerberding Avenue, Ingleside, for a report of shots fired. The 911 caller indicated someone inside the home was shot.

Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the residence and conducted a search of the inside to locate the victim and any possible offenders. Deputies discovered two people had been shot, and both had already left the residence to drive to the hospital.

Sheriff’s Detectives and members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force are actively investigating the shooting.

Preliminary investigation shows two adult males, wearing masks, armed with firearms, entered the residence and demanded money. At least one of the two armed men shot a 27-year-old man and a 25-year-old man. The armed men then fled from the area. Both gunshot victims were guests at the residence.

Both gunshot victims are treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Tipline at 847-377-4424 or Lake County CrimeStoppers at 847-662-2222.

Jerome D. Freeman, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, Armed Robbery suspect
Jerome D. Freeman, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, Armed Robbery suspect.

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