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Suspect in Montgomery standoff was wanted in Michigan homicide

SWAT team, police take Scott K. Jones into custody without further incident

UPDATED AT 10:45 A.M. TUESDAY, JAN. 21

MONTGOMERY – A suspect has been taken into custody following a standoff Tueday, Jan. 21, on the west side of Montgomery, Kane County Undersheriff Pat Gengler has confirmed.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office reported they were asked to assist Montgomery Police and the U.S. Marshals Service after a report of a sighting of a subject, Scott K. Jones, 35, who was wanted in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on charges including homicide and the possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a Kalamazoo Public Safety news release.

Police said Jones was reportedly seen in a duplex apartment in the 700 block of Oakton Road, just north of Route 30. Jones was arrested at about 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Gengler said there was an infant in the unit with Jones.

“The infant is fine,” Gengler said. “[She’s] just being checked out by paramedics right now.”

The Kane County SWAT team, Montgomery police and Kane County sheriff’s deputies were summoned at 5:15 a.m. to the 700 block of Oakton Drive just north of Route 30, according to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s officials said in a news release the call initially came in as a domestic incident and a resident of the house was a relative of Jones.

Three adults and two children left the house before the infant was checked by paramedics, and Jones was apprehended by police, according to the Kane County Sheriff news release.

Many roads at the Victoria Apartment complex near the northeast corner of Route 30 and Orchard Road were blocked and residents were asked to stay away from the area. Police also closed Route 30 to all traffic from Orchard Road east to Route 31.

Jones is a suspect in the murder of Antonio D. Reese-Manley, 20, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, the morning of Sept. 21, 2019, according to a news release from Kalamazoo Public Safety officials. Police said Reese-Manley appeared to have been struck by gunfire and was transferred to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, but later died from his injuries.

Gengler said there was no struggle into the duplex and two other people who were believed to be residents got out of the building before police apprehended Jones. He said SWAT was called because it was unknown whether he’d be armed due to the nature of the warrant against Jones.

“That would be something we normally do if we think that somebody’s wanted on that kind of warrant,” Gengler said. “If we believe they’re inside, we’re not going to just ... typically send people in. Our main goal would be to use our crisis negotiators to convince the person to come out, but if they don’t do that, we have the warrant that we’ll come in and get them.”

Gengler said police contacted officials from West Aurora Unit School District 129 to coordinate school bus pickups for students to get them out to the buses, as opposed to having them coming up and down the walkways of affected nearby streets.

“This was something that we were very aware of right away,” Gengler said. “We knew this was going to go well into bus pickup time.”

Theresa Komitas, spokeswoman for Oswego School District 308, said the school district was not affected by the incident in any way. Route 30 serves as the boundary between District 308 and District 129 just east of Orchard Road.

Route 30 and the adjoining roads were all reopened to traffic after Jones was taken into custody.

The Kalamazoo, Michigan Police Department, U.S. Marshals Task Force, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery Police Department, Oswego Police Department and the Kane County SWAT Team assisted over the course of the incident, according to a Tuesday, Jan. 21, news release from Kane County Sheriff’s officials.

• Oswego Ledger news reporter Katie Finlon contributed to this story.

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