Burglary Defendants Who Caused Lockdown Plead Not Guilty
Ira D. Cunningham and William Jenkins were arraigned Friday and put on pretrial schedule.
Two men charged with residential burglary following the lock down of several Frankfort schools and neighborhoods pleaded not guilty on Friday and petitioned the court for a speedy trial.
Ira D. Cunningham, 32, of Markham, and William J. Jenkins, 28, of Harvey were charged with residential burglary, theft and obstruction of identification after Frankfort Police and other area law enforcement officers stopped the two from allegedly breaking in and robbing a home in the 200 block of Linden Drive. The incident led to a neighborhood manhunt, causing two schools to go into lockdown.
During the manhunt, Jenkins was allegedly seen with a handgun, but he did not have a gun when he was captured. Investigators, however, have been unable to find the weapon, said Frankfort Police Commander Kevin Keegan.
"We checked the area and unfortunately did not locate anything," Keegan wrote in an e-mail Friday. "The area is vast, with a lot of tall grass, vegetation, water, etc. Obviously, we did not have eyes on him the entire time, and he could’ve disposed of it anywhere."
Both men are being represented by Gabriel Guzman, a Will County public defender. They’re scheduled back in court before Judge Sarah F. Jones on Dec. 16 for another pretrial hearing.
They each remain in custody on a $200,000 bond.