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Attorneys: Joliet man charged on unreliable, coerced statements

Lavon K. Young, 22, Plainfield
Lavon K. Young, 22, Plainfield

Three men allegedly tortured a suspected armed intruder to obtain “inherently unreliable coerced” statements that were then used to arrest and charge a Joliet man, according to his attorneys.

Lavon K. Young, 22, of Plainfield, was charged last year with home invasion, armed robbery and residential burglary in connection with an incident where the home of Andres Alonso, 28, was allegedly invaded by armed robbers on July 10, 2017.

In response to the alleged home invasion, Alonso, Sergio Flores, 31, and Marlon Crosby, 26, then apprehended one of the suspected robbers, Andres Ochoa, 22, police said, in what one of the men’s attorneys claimed was a citizen’s arrest.

However, Alonso, Flores and Crosby were each arrested and charged with kidnapping and beating Ochoa, who has denied he was one of the intruders.

In a motion filed Thursday, attorneys with the Tomczak Law Group argued that Alonso, Flores and Crosby used physical torture to obtain “inherently unreliable coerced” statements from Ochoa regarding Young, which were used to find and charge him with home invasion, armed robbery and residential burglary.

Young’s attorneys seek to suppress all statements made by Ochoa and any evidence obtained “as a consequence of said coercion.”

A hearing on the motion is slated for Monday.

Alonso alleged the men involved in the armed robbery claimed they were police conducting a search warrant and stole about $10,000 worth of property.

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