SYCAMORE – Four men remained in the DeKalb County Jail on Tuesday after police said they found them in a car together with an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and brass knuckles.
“At this time, I have no idea what their intent or motivations were,” Sycamore police Lt. Darrell Johnson said, adding police were continuing their investigation.
A caller reported a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of West Sycamore Street about 1 a.m. Tuesday, Johnson said. The person called again about an hour later to report the car had returned, and its occupants had walked around a home, Johnson said.
Sycamore police found the vehicle on West State Street at Greeley Street, court records show. An officer saw the rifle in plain view in the back seat between Sanchez Lumpkins, 30, of the 500 block of Kendall Lane in DeKalb, and Darrin Matthews, 26, of the 2600 block of Pleasant Street in DeKalb, court records show. The rifle was not loaded, but police found 29 rounds of ammunition in the car’s back seat, court records show.
Jacob Sloniger, 20, of Soneridge Lane in Elgin, claimed the rifle was his, court records show. All three men – as well as the fourth passenger, Kevin Baines, 40, of the 100 block of Marquette Street in LaSalle – were charged with aggravated unlawful use of a firearm. The charge is punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison.
Lumpkins also was charged as an armed habitual criminal because he has past convictions for burglary and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, court records show. He is next due in court Friday to ask a judge to reduce his $50,000 bond.
Matthews, whose bond is $5,000, and Baines, whose bond is $20,000, are next due in court Monday. Sloniger, whose bond is $3,000, is next due in court Sept. 4.