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Man allegedly brandishes shotgun while facing deputies

Tony Lamar Mays

Tony Lamar Mays, 59, 568 Quillie Jones Road, Adel, was arrested Feb. 28, 2023, and charged with aggravated assault against an officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of methamphetamine, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and obstruction of law enforcement officers by use of threats or violence (three counts), according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. 

At about 10:48 p.m. Feb. 28, deputies reportedly responded to a call from Mays about his mother being held against her will in a bathroom at a Quillie Jones Road home. 

Mays allegedly met the deputies at the front door while he was brandishing a 12-gauge shotgun and initially would not obey their commands, but he eventually backed down and was taken into custody. The deputies talked Mays into surrendering when he was having some kind of episode, according to the Sheriff’s Office. (The deputies’ body cameras video-recorded the incident.)

Mays’ mother was not being held against her will and was in fact asleep when he called about her, the Sheriff’s Office noted. 

The officers found that Mays was in possession of methamphetamine and a blue glass smoking pipe with drug residue, warrants state. He was in possession of the shotgun despite having been previously convicted of felony possession of dangerous drugs on Nov. 20, 2002, in Cook County Superior Court.

On March 2, Cook County Magistrate Judge Nichole McCrary denied bond (pretrial release) for Mays. According to the judge’s order, “the accused poses a significant threat or danger to people and property in the community,” and “the accused poses a significant risk of committing a felony pending trial.” The accused also was on bond for willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, false imprisonment, and simple battery against a person 65 years of age or older (Cook County, Jan. 30, 2021). Mays may still seek bond in a hearing before a Superior Court judge.

According to information reported during the first appearance/bond hearing in Magistrate Court, Mays has completed high school, has resided eight years at his current home address, and is disabled. The accused has declined a court-appointed defense attorney (he stated he will have a hired attorney).

The case is pending in Cook County Superior Court.

Other felony cases of note over the past week (all cases are pending in Cook County Superior Court):

Aggravated assault, felony property damage

Tavian Kyron Washington

Tavian Kyron Washington, 24, of Old Brookfield Road, Tifton, was arrested Feb. 28 and charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property, second degree (two counts), according to the Sparks Police Department and Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

According to warrants taken by Sparks Police, during offense times between 12:45 a.m. and 1:05 a.m. Feb. 22 at a South Avenue, Sparks, residence, Washington assaulted a woman by placing a knife to her neck. He also allegedly slashed all four tires and broke the rear window of the woman’s vehicle, as well as slashed all four tires of a man’s vehicle. The cost of damage for each vehicle exceeded $500.

On Feb. 28, Magistrate Judge Ronnie Fender set bond for Washington at $32,000 (property). Bond conditions include no contact with the victims; do not go within 500 feet of them.

Court records state that Washington has completed school through the 12th grade, has resided one year at his current home address, and has been employed by the Army. The accused has requested a court-appointed defense attorney.


Trenton Jacob Hamlett, 17, 309 S. Parrish Ave., Adel, was arrested March 1 and charged with burglary, second degree, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, and theft by taking, according to the Adel Police Department.

According to warrants, during offense times between 5:25 a.m. and 6:23 a.m. March 1, Hamlett illegally entered Delle Beamguard Community Center on East Eighth Street, Adel, and stole a Canon camera. Warrants state that officers found a hammer and screwdriver in Hamlett’s possession at a South Burwell Avenue, Adel, address.

Hamlett was released from jail March 2 on a $23,000 property bond. Bond conditions include do not return to Delle Beamguard Community Center.

Court records state that Hamlett has completed school through the 10th grade, has resided nine months at his current home address, and is unemployed. He has requested a court-appointed defense attorney.

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