WAXAHACHIE — A job application led to the capture of a fugitive wanted in Illinois in connection with an armed robbery. Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers took Montgomery, Illinois resident, Deandre Nathaniel Ford, 19, into custody and booked him into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center on March 20.

Sgt. Sara Warren, DPS Public Information Officer, said troopers received a call about Ford from a local business.

"The business learned of possible outstanding warrants during the employment process and background check. The DPS Trooper made contact with Mr. Ford at the local business, and three felony warrants out of Illinois were confirmed,” Warren said. “The warrants were for armed robbery and retail theft. Mr. Ford was placed under arrest and taken to the Ellis County Jail to await extradition.”

Ford is held on two charges of failure to appear on two retail theft charges and an armed robbery charge. As of 10 a.m. Friday, Ford remained in custody at the detention center with bonds totaling $330,000.

According to a March 20 article from the Chicago Sun-Times, Ford and another suspect, Javon Burruss, 19, approached a woman in at parking lot at the College of DuPage. Burruss allegedly used a BB gun during the offense, and the two took the woman’s purse and backpack before running from the scene. Law enforcement arrested Burruss in February, the Sun-Times article stated.

According to the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office's jail website, Burruss is not listed as an inmate.

The Daily Light reached out to College of DuPage Police Department for information about the case and a comment on the arrest. Voicemail messages were left and an email was sent. In an email, Joe Moore, Vice President for Marketing and Communication at the College of DuPage stated, “Given that Mr. Ford’s case is now being handled by the Dupage County State’s Attorney, we are deferring to that office for any comment at this time.”

Several voicemails left and an email to the DyPage County State’s Attorney Office were left unreturned as of 10 a.m. Friday.

Sgt. Bob Harris, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, said the sheriff’s issued the warrants for Ford, who is pending extradition back to Illinois at this time.


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