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Flight of suspected drug dealer prompts school’s soft lockdown

Arius Jafar Malone-Ball
Arius Jafar Malone-Ball

DIXON – The Dixon man whose flight from police this afternoon prompted a soft lockdown at Washington School is a convicted burglar and a suspected drug dealer who had pending arrest warrants in Lee and Whiteside County.

Arius Jafar Malone-Ball, 20, is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance within 500 feet of a school, which carries 6 to 30 years in prison, possession of a controlled substance and resisting an officer, each of which carries 1 to 3 years, and misdemeanor trespass.

A bond hearing is set for Friday.

What type of controlled substance he is accused of dealing was not available tonight.

According to Dixon police:

Malone-Ball was spotted in a vehicle leaving the scene of a disturbance call in the 800 block of East Graham Street.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, and while it still was in motion in 500 block of North Jefferson Avenue, Malone-Ball jumped out from the passenger side and fled west between East Morgan and East Chamberlin streets. Police found him in a garage in the 600 block of East Morgan.

The action happened around 1 p.m. near Washington Elementary, at 703 E. Morgan, so the school was put on soft lockdown, a precaution that allows staff and students to move inside but not outside the building.

There was no risk to the safety of the staff and students, the release said.

On Feb. 22, 2017, Malone-Ball was charged in Lee County Court with possession of a controlled substance and resisting an officer. He pleaded guilty that March 23 and was sentenced to 2 years' probation for resisting; the drug charge was dropped.

A petition to revoke his probation was filed that Sept. 12, he pleaded guilty on Sept. 24 of this year.

He also was charged Aug. 31, 2017 with four counts of burglary; he pleaded guilty that Nov. 2 to one count, the others were dismissed as part of a plea agreement and he was sentenced to 2 years' probation. A petition to revoke his probation in that case was filed April 9.

He pleaded guilty to violating on Sept. 24 and was to be sentenced on Dec. 4, in both cases. He didn't show, and a $50,000 warrant for his arrest was issued.

In Whiteside County, Malone-Ball was charged March 5 with driving while never having a license and no insurance. He failed to appear at hearing Aug. 9, and a bench warrant for his arrest was issued Aug, 16 with a $3,000 bond.

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