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Belleville Man Sentenced on Possession of Body Armor and Firearm Charges

January 17, 2012

A Belleville man was sentenced in federal court on January 13, 2012, on charges of possession of body armor and possession of a firearm by a felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Dontae Ramon Reid, 27, Belleville, IL, was sentenced to 108 months’ imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release following his release from imprisonment, and ordered to pay a $400 fine and a $200 special assessment. Reid pled guilty to these charges on March 11, 2011, and October 12, 2011.

On March 18, 2010, the Working Against Violent Elements Task Force (WAVE team) were on patrol in East St. Louis, Illinois. The WAVE team had received information about illegal activities occurring near the intersection of 57th Street and Belmont, and at an abandoned house located at 668 North 57th Street, East St. Louis, Illinois. The illegal activities reported included drug sales and weapons being discharged. As officers approached the corner of 57th and Belmont, the officers noticed a white car parked in front of the abandoned house located at 668 North 57th Street. The officers noticed four people standing around the car, and one partially inside the car. As one of the officers exited his vehicle, all of the individuals ran. As one of the individuals (later identified as Reid) was being pursued, he removed an article of clothing and dropped it to the ground. Officers eventually apprehended Reid and identified one of the articles Reid had dropped to the ground as a bullet proof vest.

On October 27, 2010, East St. Louis Police received a 911 call reporting a home invasion at 4816 State Street, East St. Louis, Illinois. When officers arrived at this residence, witnesses provided information that Reid and another male had entered their home holding hand guns and then threatened a juvenile male with the firearm. The witnesses informed the police that Reid and the other black male escorted the juvenile male out of the house. Witnesses in the house described Reid and the firearm that he has brandishing. WAVE team members and East St. Louis officers conducted a search in and around the area where the home invasion had occurred and found Reid and another black male nearby. Police also located a firearm in close proximity to Reid. This firearm matched the descriptions given by the witnesses in the house as the firearm that Reid was seen carrying.

The case resulted from the efforts of the WAVE (Working Against Violent Elements) Task Force, which focuses its efforts on combating violent crime in East St. Louis, Washington Park, and surrounding communities. WAVE was formed in November 2009, and is a collaboration of law enforcement officers from the Illinois State Police, the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI), the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, the East St. Louis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the United States Marshals Service. The WAVE Task Force receives financial support through the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, a nationwide federal program which endeavors to address gun-related violence. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deirdre A. Durborow.



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