Mayor Pekau Responds to weapon and drug Arrests in Orland Park

Mayor Pekau Responds to Weapon and Drug Arrests in Orland Park
Posted on 08/29/2019

Mayor Pekau Responds to Weapon and Drug Arrests in Orland Park

Statement from Keith Pekau, Mayor of Orland Park:


“First, let me commend the Orland Park Police Department for their outstanding work in apprehending three armed and dangerous felons who came to our town from Arizona last weekend to deal heroin and methamphetamines. These armed criminals posed an extreme danger to our community and our officers acted with bravery and professionalism to arrest them without incident.


That’s the good part. The bad part, which should give us all pause, is the broken Cook County Court System which almost let these three thugs, who were CONVICTED FELONS from another STATE, walk. The ridiculously low bail amounts $25,000 ($2,500 cash) for one, $15,000 ($1,500 cash) for another, and

$3000 ($300 cash) for the third are incomprehensible given they had large amounts of illegal drugs and three loaded illegal handguns in their truck. Were it not for the diligence of the Orland Park Police Department in quickly obtaining a search warrant for a safe found in the truck, where almost 3 kilos of heroin were found, these violent felons would have likely made bond and disappeared.


This cannot be allowed to continue. The Cook County Court system needs to protect our citizens by enforcing existing laws and ensuring that known, armed, violent felons do not end up back on our streets while facing charges. I am calling on both the Circuit Court of Cook County and the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office to get their act together to ensure that law abiding citizens are protected.”


The Press Release from the Village of Orland Park Police Department with the specifics of this incident is attached.

Media Release 08/28/19 "Three Suspects Charged with Possession of Weapons and Drugs "