Round Lake Beach Police Describe Suspect Resisting and Swallowing Bag of Cocaine; Family Attorney at Protest Describes Excessive Force

Cocaine baggie ingested by suspect (SOURCE: Round Lake Beach Police Department)
Cocaine baggie ingested by suspect (SOURCE: Round Lake Beach Police Department).

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force investigators are conducting an investigation after a family accused the Round Lake Beach police of excessive force during an arrest of resisting 21-year-old male disorderly conduct suspect, who Round Lake Beach Police say swallowed a cocaine-filled baggie.

Round Lake Beach Police report that about 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 10, 2020 police officers responded to the Thornton’s gas station at 180 East Rollins Road for a disturbance in progress at the gas station convenience store. An employee at the Thornton’s gas station pressed the panic button because a young male adult was inside the gas station store threatening him. Earlier on Wednesday evening the employee had called 911 because the same male adult was in the store yelling, but had fled before police arrived.

When officers arrived the second time, they spoke to the employee and located the suspect walking out of the public restroom. The suspect and another female adult began shouting. Police identified the male suspect as Abel Rosiles, age 21, of Round Lake. The female suspect was identified as Shelby R. Brubaker, age 21, of Round Lake. Round Lake Beach police officers placed Rosiles into custody for disorderly conduct.

As a police officer was walking Rosiles to a police vehicle, Rosiles was able to get away and separate himself from police by about 30 feet. The arresting officer was able to take Rosiles back into custody walked him back to the police vehicle, which was parked at Thornton’s. According to Round Lake Beach Police, Shelby Brubaker began yelling at the police officers, and was interfering with the arrest of Rosiles. Brubaker was taken into custody for obstructing a police officer.

Next, police officers noticed that it appeared that Rosiles was having difficulty breathing. Police officers asked Rosiles if he was choking and he nodded affirmatively. According to Round Lake Beach Police Department, police officers immediately attempted the Heimlich Maneuver in an attempt to discharge the object that obstructing Rosile’s airway. Police officers also requested that paramedics respond to the scene for Rosiles. Police officer did not see an obstruction in Rosiles’ airway, and the Heimlich Maneuver was not successful as Rosiles began to lose consciousness. Police officers removed the handcuffs from Rosiles and began CPR, continuing until care was transferred to the paramedics that arrived.

Round Lake Beach Police Department stated that paramedics used a medical tool and extracted a large plastic baggie containing a white power substance “from deep inside the Rosiles’ throat. Rosiles was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. The white powder in the plastic baggie that was recovered from Rosiles’ throat tested positive for cocaine using a field test.

On Thursday, June 11, 2020, Round Lake Beach Police received information that Rosiles as alive without brain activity.

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force investigators are assessing the arrest incident at the request of the Round Lake Beach Police Department.

His family, who referrd to Rosiles as Abel Rosiles, Jr, said his future is in God’s hands, and that Round Lake Beach police used excessive force during his arrest.

Fabiola Rosiles said her brother is not perfect, but who is? A family attorney outlined their claims excessive force at a press conference during a protest outside of the Round Lake Beach Police Department Headquarters, at least one carrying a “Justice for Abel” poster.

Police Body Cam video is available, but as of Wednesday afternoon was not yet released.

Cocaine baggie ingested by suspect (SOURCE: Round Lake Beach Police Department)
Cocaine baggie ingested by suspect (SOURCE: Round Lake Beach Police Department).

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