New Year’s Arrests Follow Gun Shots to the Sky

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- One would think that someone who allegedly had illegal drugs in-house would try to stay under the radar.

One would think.

Police were patrolling on foot in the area of Algonquin Street and Allegheny Street due to the anticipated shooting of firearms for New Year’s Eve. It didn’t take long until they heard shooting. Police say at approximately 12:05 AM, they were able to distinguish consistent gunfire coming from near their location. As they moved in the direction of shots, they were able to determine that the shooting was coming from somewhere behind a residence in the 200 block of Allegheny Street.

They came upon a man and woman in the breezeway between the main portion of the house and an attached garage and heard the sound of a magazine being inserted into a firearm and the slide being wrecked. The man, later identified as Tony K. Jenkins, exited the breezeway towards the officers holding a black semi-automatic handgun. Police identified themselves and ordered him to drop the gun. According to police, he appeared to be extremely surprised to see the police, dropped the gun, and ran into the main portion of the residence. The officers followed in pursuit, one of them recovering a .45 caliber pistol.

After securing the residence, police discovered inside a number of bags containing an off-white rock-like substance, suspect cocaine, and a number of bags containing a green substance, suspect cannabis. Besides the handgun recovered outside, police also recovered a black 9 mm Israel Military Industries firearm.

Police say there were a number of spent shell casings outside the residence.

Charles H. Dixon, 34, 225 Allegheny St., Park Forest, was arrested on January 1 and charged with one felony count of reckless discharge of a firearm and additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance and no firearm owner’s identification card. Tony K. Jenkins, 19, 225 Allegheny St., Park Forest, was charged with no firearm owners’ identification card.