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Crime & Courts

Man charged in I-290 shooting near Elmhurst

Allante James Sewell
Allante James Sewell

Illinois State Police officials announced May 10 the arrest of a Frankfort man in connection with an expressway shooting that occurred in 2016 near Elmhurst.

Allante James Sewell, 23, was charged in the Oct. 31 incident, according to a state police news release.

About 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, state troopers were dispatched to a reported shooting on eastbound Interstate 290 at North Avenue near Elmhurst.

The victim told troopers he was traveling home on I-290 when a vehicle pulled up next to the driver’s side of his vehicle, the release stated. The front-seat passenger of the offending vehicle rolled down the window and fired two rounds from a semi-automatic handgun at the victim. One bullet struck the driver's side door of the victim’s vehicle, and the second bullet was not located.

The victim briefly followed the suspect and then pulled over and called 911. A canvass of the area was conducted for evidence, and one projectile was removed from the victim’s vehicle.

An investigation was conducted by state police in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force. During the course of the investigation, Sewell was identified as a suspect.

On April 18, state police investigators presented their findings to the DuPage County State’s Attorney's Office. State’s Attorney Robert Berlin approved one felony count of aggravated discharge of a firearm. A $50,000 warrant was issued for Sewell.

Sewell was arrested May 9 by Will County sheriff’s police. He is currently in custody at the Will County jail on unrelated charges. Upon his release, he will be transported to the DuPage County jail to be arraigned on the shooting charge.

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