MACOMB — A Western Illinois College pupil was arrested Wednesday in Chicago after he was accused of capturing his roommate the earlier night time in Macomb.
Kavion Poplous, 18, surrendered at a Chicago Police Division station, in line with WIU officers. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Chicago police took Poplous into custody about 1:30 p.m.
An arrest warrant for Poplous was issued Wednesday morning. He was accused of tried first-degree homicide, aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm.
The capturing happened about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in Thompson Corridor, a dormitory on the WIU most important campus in Macomb, about 250 miles southwest of Chicago.
WIU didn’t establish the sufferer aside from by stating he’s a male pupil. Nor was the character of his accidents revealed. He first was transported to McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, then to a different medical facility the college didn’t establish.
The sufferer underwent surgical procedure at that medical facility, in line with Derek Watts, the interim director of the WIU Workplace of Public Security.
Throughout a mid-morning information convention in Macomb, Watts stated he didn’t know the sufferer’s situation and was awaiting updates from the sufferer’s household. Af of about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, no extra info was accessible.
“We pray for a speedy restoration,” WIU Interim President Martin Abraham stated in the course of the information convention. “We are also desirous about all of our different college students who’re immediately impacted by the tragedy.”
The college acknowledged the capturing was associated to a dispute between the roommates and that the sufferer knew his assailant. Police believed it to be an remoted incident.
A LinkedIn webpage lists a Kavion Poplous as being from Chicago and as being a freshman at WIU. He’s listed as a enterprise and advertising and marketing pupil and as a graduate of Wendell Phillips Academy Excessive Faculty in Chicago.
“I’m from ’Englewood’ that’s the south facet of Chicago and I simply wish to have an impacted (sic) on my youth to indicate them rapping and enjoying ball shouldn’t be the one approach to make it out the hood,” a message on the LinkedIn web page acknowledged.
Lessons scheduled for Wednesday on the WIU campuses in Macomb and Moline had been canceled. That included on-line and extension courses.
Common WIU operations had been to renew Thursday.
Campus buildings had been locked Wednesday, however most had been to reopen Thursday. Exceptions had been residence halls, which had been to stay locked by way of the weekend.
Counselors had been accessible for college kids, school and employees who wished them.
Similtaneously the capturing, a Thompson Corridor hearth alarm was activated and the residents had been evacuated, in line with WIU.
Thompson Corridor residents had been relocated briefly to Western Corridor, Abraham stated. That facility is dwelling to the college’s basketball groups. There they had been fed pizza and water, courtesy of native companies.
“They had been affected person with us, understanding of the scenario, making an attempt to maintain knowledgeable,” Abraham stated concerning the relocated college students.
No less than some Thompson Corridor residents had been allowed to return to their rooms after three a.m. Wednesday, in line with a supply.
Lessons Wednesday in Macomb Faculty District 185 additionally had been canceled. So had been courses on the Macomb department of Spoon River School.