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Crime & Courts

Police still searching for suspects in recent publicized cases

SYCAMORE – A Sycamore man accused of growing more than 200 marijuana plants in his basement turned himself in after his arrest warrant was publicized, but police still were searching Friday for three others wanted in local cases.

Richard A. Seldal, of 939 Wells Drive, Sycamore, turned himself on May 17 at the Hinsdale Police Department in Hinsdale, authorities said. Seldal was charged with unlawful manufacture of marijuana plants. His arrest warrant was issued the day before. 

Sycamore Police Detective Sgt. Rod Swartzendruber said he didn’t know exactly where Seldal was, but some family members had called because they heard about the warrant.

“We were trying to figure out where he was staying at,” Swartzendruber said.

An attorney for Seldal contacted Sycamore police and said Seldal would turn himself in. His next court date is June 27.

Meanwhile, two Chicago residents suspected of running a crack cocaine ring in DeKalb County – Christopher E. Bell, 29, and Terry M. Griffin, 31 – have not been found yet, said Gary Dumdie, chief deputy at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. 

“They’ve pretty much gone into hiding to avoid a warrant service,” Dumdie said. 

But DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies are actively following leads, Dumdie said. He said he doesn’t know if the suspects are in Chicago or have fled to another area.

Griffin, who Dumdie said has gang ties, faces a handful of charges alleging he possessed and delivered controlled substances, while Bell is accused of delivering and conspiring to deliver controlled substances.

DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies are working on the case with the local Fugitives Task Force with the U.S. Marshals Service, Dumdie said. The Chicago Police Department is also participating in the investigation, he said. 

DeKalb County deputies are still following the case of 25-year-old Cortland resident Emilio G. Seay. He was charged Thursday with unlawful restraint and criminal sexual assault for allegedly raping an Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park resident early Monday, authorities said. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

Dumdie said the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is still getting leads, but Seay has not been picked up yet.

When an arrest warrant is issued, the suspect’s information is entered into the National Crime Information Center database, Dumdie said. The information in the database can be used to identify suspects if they travel outside a police department’s jurisdiction, he said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Bell, Griffin or Seay is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272, or call the sheriff’s office at 815-895-2155. Crime Stoppers might provide a $1,000 reward to anyone with helpful information.

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