Crime & Courts

Man involved in fight faces pot possession charge

Bond hearing set for 20-year-old who was involved in fight

Police said a 20-year-old man had about 6 ounces of marijuana on him the day an argument broke out at a Spring Grove apartment, leading a single gunshot to be fired into the home.

Reginald L. Banks, of the 1900 block of Main Street, Spring Grove, appeared in court Tuesday on a felony charge of possession of marijuana.

Banks is accused of possessing about 6 ounces of marijuana April 8.

McHenry County Judge James Cowlin appointed a public defender to represent Banks on the charge, which is typically punishable by one to three years in prison.

A then-19-year-old Banks previously told the Northwest Herald that on April 8, another man, Keenan Queen, asked to stop by his apartment.

Banks went on to describe an ambush situation that eventually led to the a single pistol shot firing a bullet into the kitchen wall.

A 63-year-old man and 9-year-old girl were home at the time, Banks said.

Spring Grove police could not be reached to comment on the charges, or why they were filed more than two months after police were called to Banks’ home.

Queen and a woman, Shannon R. Lytle, were arrested days after the April 8 situation.

Queen, of the 22000 block of Morton Drive, Lake Villa, is accused of using a gun to repeatedly hit three people in the face, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court.

After the fight, Lytle was treated for minor injuries at Centegra Hospital – McHenry, where police said she began smoking marijuana on hospital property, then kicked a security guard in the face and hit a nurse.

Banks remained at the McHenry County Jail on Tuesday on a $15,000 bond, meaning he must post $1,500 to be released.

He was sentenced in December 2016 to one year of probation for a misdemeanor charge of resisting a police officer, public records show.

Banks is scheduled for a bond hearing Thursday on the most recent charges.

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