A routine traffic stop in LaPorte County turned up a handgun that was stolen in Fort Wayne two years ago, leading to two arrests, police said.
A LaPorte County Sheriff's Office deputy pulled over a vehicle at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday that was driving east on U.S. 30 by U.S. 421 after observing it speeding, according to a news release from the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office. He discovered a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun in the vehicle that was reported stolen to the Fort Wayne Police Department in 2018, he said.
The driver, Valentino D. Shaw, a 43-year-old Bellwood, Illinois resident, was arrested on preliminary charges of theft of a firearm and serious violent felon in possession of a firearm. Passenger Delkeyia S. Williams, a 25-year-old Chicago resident, was arrested on preliminary charges of theft of a firearm, carrying a handgun without a license, and possession of marijuana.
Shaw is being held at the LaPorte County Jail on a $20,005 cash-only bond. Williams bonded out after posting a $755.00 cash bond.
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