On May 15th, 2018 at about 5:30 p.m., members of the Rockford Police Housing Authority Unit were on patrol in the 1000 block of Hess Court in the Fairgrounds Valley Housing Development when they stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Officers discovered two occupants inside the vehicle.
The driver was identified as 29-year-old Chicago resident, Lashaun Lashley. The front seat passenger was identified as 23-year-old Rockford resident, Trashone Townsend. A Rockford Police K9 officer arrived to assist.
During the investigation officers found Lashley to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. They also discovered Townsend was in possession of a handgun and a quantity of marijuana. Townsend was taken into custody.
The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office was contacted. They authorized the following charges against Townsend:
Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Street Gang Member
Possession of Cannabis more than 10grams less than 30 grams
No FOID card
Lashley was given a civil citation possession of marijuana and a traffic citation for Disobeying a Stop Sign. He was then released from the scene. Townsend was transported to the Winnebago County Jail and lodged.
This is an on-going investigation. No further information is available at this time.
The charges against Lashley and Townsend are merely accusations. They are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.