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Deputies Arrest Felon in Possession of a Firearm & Recover a Stolen Firearm

On Saturday, July 6th, 2024, at approximately 10:13 PM, a Whiteside County Deputy conducted a field ID on a suspicious person in the 400 block of 2nd Ave East in Lyndon.

While the deputy was speaking with the suspect, Ryan E. Poulter, age 38, of Lyndon, Poulter drew a firearm from his waistband. The deputy was able to restrain Poulter and take him into custody without injury to the deputy or Poulter. It was later learned that the handgun carried by Poulter was reported stolen from Saginaw, Michigan. Poulter was arrested and transported to the Whiteside County Jail, where he was held pending his pre-trial detention hearing. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Prophetstown Police Department and the  IDNR Conservation Police.  

Poulter was charged with the following offenses:  

(1) Possession of a Stolen Firearm – Class 2 Felony  

(2) Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon – Class 3 Felony  

(3) Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon – Class 4 Felony – (2 Counts)  

(4) Violation of an Order of Protection – Class A Misdemeanor  

The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

400 N. Cherry St. Morrison, IL 61270 Phone: (815) 772-4044 Jail: (815) 772-5202 Fax: (815) 772-7944

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