Traffic stop reveals stolen firearm; two in custody


Delkeyia Williams

Valentino Shaw

A driver and his passenger, both from Illinois, were arrested Saturday night after a sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop on U.S. 30 for moving violations and located a stolen handgun inside the vehicle.

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office said that at about 8:30 p.m. Deputy Wade Wallace was traveling east on U.S. 30, approaching U.S. 421, when he observed a passenger vehicle traveling ahead of him merge from the passing lane to the driving lane. Upon completing the lane change, the vehicle committed a traffic infraction. Still traveling along U.S. 30, Wallace paced the vehicle and noted that it was exceeding the posted speed limit.

Wallace conducted a traffic stop along the highway just west of CR-700 West and identified the driver as Valentino D. Shaw, 43, of Bellwood, Ill. The passenger was identified as Delkeyia S. Williams, 25, of Chicago, Ill. Police said the officer found inside the vehicle a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun which, upon further investigation, was determined to have been reported stolen to the Fort Wayne Police Department in 2018.

Shaw was booked into the La Porte County Jail for the following charges:

• Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Level 4 Felony
• Theft of a Firearm, Level 6 Felony

Williams was booked into the LCJ for the following charges:

• Theft of a Firearm, Level 6 Felony
• Carrying a handgun without a License, Class A-Misdemeanor
• Possession of Marijuana, B-Misdemeanor

Shaw is being held on a $20,005.00 cash-only bond through La Porte Circuit Court; Williams was released Sunday after a $755.00 cash bond was posted.

Assisting in the case were Deputy Jon Samuelson and Westville Police Department

Arrests and criminal charges are mere accusations. Every person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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