A hemp farmer was arrested after he fired a gun into the air to ward off intruders who were cutting down hemp plants on his property, police said.
About midnight Monday, Will County Sheriff’s deputies went to the 14000 block of South Napa Circle in Plainfield Township after receiving a report of an armed man who fired his handgun and was holding three male teens on the roadway, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said in an email.
The deputies spoke with Ashraf Hasan, 43, who told them he owns a hemp farm on West Taylor Road in Plainfield and he has experienced an “ongoing problem of offenders climbing his fence and trespassing onto his farm,” Hoffmeyer said.
Hasan said he saw three men on his farm cutting down hemp plants, she said.
“Hasan ran out to his field armed with a handgun and fired several shots into the air to scare the offenders,” Hoffmeyer said.
The men took off running into a neighborhood and Hasan chased after them in his car, Hoffmeyer said. The men hopped into a car and drove in reverse to get away from Hasan but struck a tree, she said.
The men left the vehicle and ran away on foot but Hasan ordered the men to get on the ground and held them at gunpoint until the deputies arrived, Hoffmeyer said.
Moises Luna, 18, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old were the three accused hemp plant thieves, Hoffmeyer said. They told deputies they were on Hasan’s property to steal what they thought were marijuana plants, she said.
All three were arrested on charges of theft. Hasan also was arrested on charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct.