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Joliet Teen Wanted For Tuesday Night Double Murder Captured on Porch

The 18-year-old who allegedly shot three teens in the back Tuesday night was hanging out with a couple guys on a Richards Street porch, police said.

The Joliet teen who slunk up behind a group of young people hanging out on Second Avenue Tuesday night and shot three in the back was captured Wednesday morning, police said.

The alleged gunman, 18-year-old Sjolante Crowder, apparently didn't make much effort to get away, as he was spotted sitting on a Richards Street porch with two other men shortly before noon.

Officers tipped to Crowder's whereabouts found him still sitting there when they made it over, said Joliet police Cmdr. Brian Benton. When Crowder saw the cops, Benton said, he tried to step away. After they called out his name, he tried to run inside the house.

Crowder didn't make it through the door. He was apprehended and hauled off to the Will County jail on two counts of first-degree murder.

Crowder, who was last known to live on Englewood Avenue, killed two and wounded a third in the cowardly ambush shooting, police said.

Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton told of witnesses recounting how a black-clad Crowder slipped up behind a crowd of people and shot three young men from point-blank range.

Two of the men—Delasse Lanier, 18, and Adrian Knox, 17, both of Joliet—were pronounced dead at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox shortly after the 6:50 p.m. gun attack.

A third man took a bullet to his upper back, Trafton said. The wounded 19-year-old drove himself to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center and is expected to survive.

Lanier, Knox and the third teen were among a group gathered on Second Avenue. The crowd took off running when the shots started flying, police said.

Trafton said the shooting was preceded by a "fight earlier in the evening between a couple girls, and it escalated for whatever reason."

Benton added that the deadly attack has "definite gang overtones."

Lanier and Knox were the second and third Joliet teenagers shot to death in less than 24 hours. The night before, 18-year-old Tevin Bridges was gunned down in the Lois Place apartments.

Darrel Perkins, 53, was charged with killing Bridges, who reportedly showed up at the older man's apartment door looking to buy loose cigarettes.

Witnesses told detectives that Bridges balled his fists and advanced on Perkins, who then grabbed a .38-caliber handgun off a table and filled Bridges with bullets, police said.

A black pellet gun was found on the floor next to Bridges' body, police said, but Perkins never claimed to detectives that the younger man pulled the toy gun on him.

Trafton credited his detectives for identifying and apprehending the alleged gunmen within hours of the killings. The chief also thanked the community for coming forward to identify the alleged killers, and said the carnage cannot be halted without the help of the public.

"That's the only way we're going to stop this, is if the community says, 'Enough of this,'" the chief said.

Crowder turned 18 exactly one month before the killings. He has no criminal record as an adult.

Trafton was at a loss to explain the recent rash of teens dying in gun attacks.

"It's a tragedy, it's a disaster," he said. "It doesn't make any sense to me."

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Clutche October 24, 2012 at 09:10 PM
One question. What have you done, or plan to do, to stop this violence in your neighborhood?
Clutche October 24, 2012 at 09:17 PM
If what you say is true then why was he hanging with the other gang-bangers? Birds of a feather flock together. Police quote: "Benton added that the deadly attack has "definite gang overtones."
Clutche October 24, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Vote for Romney and he'll provide more opportunity. Vote for Obama and you'll get four more years unemployment and despair.
Clutche October 24, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Teachers have no clue what these thugs do after school. Wake up, it's not rationalization it's reality.
starrr October 25, 2012 at 02:22 AM
@clutche you need to go and kill yourself because you dont deserve to live.....and this death has nothing to do with romney or obama........
Dawn October 25, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Joliet seems to be getting to be more and more like the south side of Chicago.
John Roberts October 25, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Sorry people my kids go to school with some of the kids that knew or related to this kid and all say it is a gang bangin situation....wait till they close evergreen...we will see even more shootings,robberies..and how are the politicians going to fix it? Their going to pass more laws against the common citizen and try to boost gun control....We fight each other with no recollection of what the hell is going on political wise that is hurting us all...soon l abiding citizens will not be allowed to own guns while these azzez run around killing each other...nice job....
Clutche October 25, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Violent response from someone of the same ilk as the thugs no doubt. Wake up and do something to stop the violence in your own backyard.
sillyrabbittrix October 25, 2012 at 04:29 PM
oh well yes, of course, if they are black then they MUST be gang bangers, amirite? In fact, since they are black, we shouldn't even mourn the death of CHILDREN, because black people are just disposable, right? right? to say I wasn't surprised when you later brought your anti-Obama politics into this irrelevent discussion is an understatement. The racism reeking from your posts is nauseating.
sillyrabbittrix October 25, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Or they have a higher comprehension of the complexities of society than black=bad and poor teen decisions=not worth life. But that's OK, you stick to your black & white world, don't bother with thinking too deeply, and the rest of us who understand there's a lot more to these issues will just laugh at your ignorance.
John Roberts October 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
This kid could be a victim of circumstance,he might not be or ever wanted to be a gang member..but that does not mean the people he grew up think the same way...and we all know it ain't easy being friends and family with some people....
ken king kross October 25, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I agree 3 less gang bangers terrorizing our city. Thank God it was only them and not a innocent person. Even if one wasn't a gang Banger he was there... Why was he there hanging out w gang members??? And yes blacks like this are very disposable we should dispose of a lot more... Real Talk
sillyrabbittrix October 25, 2012 at 08:10 PM
With people like you still making comments like this in the year 2012, I really wonder what kind of rock people have to live under to say we are in a "post racist" society. You're an embarrassment to society and I don't even have to guess that there's probably a LOT of people that feel the same way about you - disposable.
rcjs2i October 26, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Well, when you are 18 you are no longer a "kid" or a "child/children." You are a legal adult. Knowing what is right and wrong. Killing someone is wrong. This man will go to prison now. I hope he is man enough to step up and take responsibility for his crime.
ariana gordan October 27, 2012 at 02:23 AM
YALL ND TO STOP WIT THE INGORANT ASS COMMENTS THEY WAS NOT N A GANG MAN GONE THEY BOTH WAS GUD MEN ONE OF THEM IS MY FIANCE'S BRO
aceofspades October 27, 2012 at 06:19 AM
All the racism needs to sto ppl its not the 60's any more I went to school with all three of the kids racism has nothing to fo with it and what if that was one of your. Family members and some said some of the horrible things half of you ppl are say how wpuld that make you feel? ( like a bad parent ) so stop the racism and get it together. Cause everyone has there FLAWS so with that being said think about what you say cause maybe it could be your child/ kid next time
Patch reader October 27, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Families and friends who deny these and others are not in the gangs are just as bad as familes who deny their loved ones are drugs users even after the person over doses. You are not helping your community by turning away. If you want the Joliet cleaned up - everyone needs to start with their own family, their own street. Get the thugs off your porches and into the jail. Keep denying it and keep the crime. Sorry but all off these men were and are in gangs. If the familes are crying its their own fault for allowing it to happen. I know my own mother allows my nephews whos parents have kicked them out to stay with her. We call the police and crime stoppers on them every time we hear of crime they commit. They steal from their Grandmother - punch holes in her walls and yet she defends them. I am telling all of you get these gang member out of your houses and into prision. These are all black men killing black men and kids that happen to be in their room playing a video game to close to the window. As long as black men act like animals they will be looked down upon by the white people.
EASTLANDLORD October 27, 2012 at 09:32 PM
@ CLUTCHE UR A PATHETIC PERSON WHO SHOULDA BEEN SPITT IN A NAPKIN AND FLUSHED DOWN THE TOLIET OTHER THAN BEING CONCIEVED U RACSIST SON OF BITCH I BET UR A CREEPY ASS SEX OFFENDER WHO WAS MOLESTED AS A CHILD MUTHAFUCKER WHY YOU SIT ON HERE ND DOWN GRADE BLACK PEOPLE WHAT DO UR PATHETIC ASS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT UR FUCKD UP RACE WTF HAPPEN TO CALEY,OR JOHNBANET, WTF DO HAV TO SAY ABOUT THE WHITE PRIEST DAT TOUCHES LIL BOYS ,AND THE FUCKING TEENAGERS THAT KILL THERE PAERENTS, I COULD UNSTAND WHY THEY KILL THERE PARENTS SORRY U WERE UNFORTUNATE ONE UR OFF SPRING SHOULDA WACKED UR ASS LOSER UR BOTTOM LINE UR RACE IS NO BETTER THAN OURS BITCH I'M BLACK N I'M PROUD F.Y.I. KKK IS A GANG ARIAN NATION IS A GANG WTF JUST STUPID..#EASTLANLORD
EASTLANDLORD October 27, 2012 at 09:33 PM
OUTRANGED
westside dem October 28, 2012 at 12:54 AM
The vile filled post are ridiculous. Regardless of gang ties, young men are dead. Lets stop and take a step back. Someone has lost their relative to violence. Do we need to resolve these issues? Yes. Do we need to get guns off the street? Yes. Do we have any volunteers willing to mentor the youth, be foster brothers and sisters, church affiliates youth groups, anyone committing to rolling up the sleeves and digging in? Ah ha. I do not have the answers either but my heart goes out to these young men families and suggest until any of you are willing to do the work take a seat and keep quiet because if you are not helping you are part of the problem.
Time Is Money October 28, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I guess everyone's answer is to throw young black men into prison ? What about giving then something to do before the streets get a hold on them ? We all know we can't remove all the guns from the streets & logically speaking gangs aren't going anywhere either. Basically I agree with westside dem
Patch reader October 29, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Yes - if they are running around killing people this is where they belong. Regardless if they are black - white - yellow - red - green or purple. You break the law you belong in jail.
Time Is Money October 30, 2012 at 05:45 AM
I see you missed my point I'm not saying they shouldn't be held accountable for their actions instead of making this a black/white thing look into what can be done to prevent these things from happening
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John Roberts December 17, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Reality is it will never stop..sure the community can speak up and let the police know who did it but that's after the fact...laws prevent nothing...the only difference it makes is the punishment...Stopping the killings that's all gang politics...I would suggest politicians speak to these gang members leaders if this is to calm down...Just look at worldstarhiphop dot com and I am telling you if you wanna know whats going on and the biggest threat to the Second Ammendment listen to these rappers and gang members talking Shit on there.and it all has a trickle effect...some gangs are with others and when one is insulted is plays out through out the Nation...
lisa rae January 12, 2013 at 04:34 AM
It's a shame that our society is jacked up, because all race of folks are going mad on a killing spree and electing a freaking president will not change your neighborhood, it's up to the folks to make a difference. It's sad that cold hearted people still live in our society today. What I don't understand if other race of people go on a killing spree, they are insane, but when blacks do a crime they all have to be gang bangers or they deserve to die, no one deserve to die, because why take away something you can't give and that's life. Remember you live by the sword, you die by the sword. It doesn't matter what color you are or who is elected as the president because you will reap what you sow!!!
erick l January 16, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Why should black men be gang bangers all the time every time something happens? Even if they were there's nothing that should ever convince someone to take another's life! People all over this world are loosing faith and hope and they don't pray anymore! I don't think that political name calling or finger pointing is the answer it's a society disrupted by hate evil and angered youth because of a diversity and oppressed state. There are people that are mentally challenged and there are those that want to make a name or statement for themselves. Despite the circumstances we are fighting the biggest fight of our lives we are loosing! Stop paying so much attention to who's the blame and stand up for what is right! I am so disappointed with tragedy in any form it's the work of Satan and we keep giving him that power. Don't worry about the racist or bigitore that.believes not in freedom but be free to not respond that's what they want a response! God bless those that were taken and those that took! We are all mourning all the time!
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Dad January 30, 2013 at 07:42 AM
"What about giving then something to do before the streets get a hold on them ? " It's called School. It's mandatory until the age of 16 in Illinois and should be mandatory until the age of 21. you can't make someone take advantage of the opportunities that is up to them.
John Wayne May 25, 2013 at 05:40 PM
We can STOP subsidizing bad behavior, for one thing. Seventy percent of blacks are born out of wedlock and the taxpayers foot the bill while the children run feral through the streets. End welfare NOW!

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