Yorkville man arrested on warrant, firearm charges at Riverfront Park

Yorkville police arrested Stacey A. Welch, 24, of the 1200 block of Marketplace Drive, Yorkville, at 2:10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 while investigating two suspicious vehicles at Riverfront Park in the 200 block of East Hydraulic Avenue in the city’s downtown.

In a statement, police said Welch, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, was wanted on a Kane County warrant for failure to appear in court on a prior charge of aggravated driving under the influence. In addition, police said Welch was found to have a loaded .380 caliber Hi Point handgun in his coat pocket. The serial number on the firearm had been filed off, police said.

Welch has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm without a FOID card, both misdemeanors, and a felony charge of defacing the identification mark on a firearm, according to police.

Welch was transported to the Kendall County Jail in Yorkville pending court proceedings.

John Etheredge

Editor of the Record Newspapers and KendallCountyNow.com, John's career as a journalist in Kendall County began in 1981. Over the years his news beats have included county government, municipal government, school boards, police and more. He also writes editorials on local issues and the weekly Kendall County Government Newsletter.