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According to Freeman’s discovery deposition testimony, on July 23, 2006, she was selling cellular

telephones and contract subscriptions at the shopping center in Gurnee when she was approached

by Lewis and Webb. Lewis, posing as “Taylor Thode,” produced the same fraudulent driver’s

license and a social security number to Freeman, who then “ran his credit” and approved Lewis for

the purchase of “five phones, zero deposit.” Lewis then suggested that he would be willing to

purchase the five telephones in exchange for a date with Freeman, to which Freeman agreed. Later

that evening, at approximately 7 p.m., Lewis and Webb returned to the shopping center to pick up

Freeman in the U-Haul truck, which was driven by Lewis.

After Freeman, Lewis and Webb left the shopping mall, Lewis drove to a nearby Home

Depot store to purportedly “drop off” a refrigerator from his U-Haul truck. While Lewis and Webb

were at the Home Depot store, Freeman, who still believed that she and Lewis would go on a dinner

date after Lewis’ detour to the Home Depot store, visited another nearby retailer before returning to

Lewis’ U-Haul truck in the Home Depot parking lot. Several minutes after Freeman waited by the

U-Haul truck, Lewis and Webb reemerged from the Home Depot store. Subsequently, Lewis, Webb

and Freeman reentered the U-Haul truck. Lewis then informed Freeman that there was “a change

of plans” and that he needed to “drop this U-Haul [truck] off.” Lewis then drove to a nearby

highway and headed southbound toward Chicago.

On that same night, July 23, 2006, Officer Matthew Bendler (Officer Bendler) and Officer

Dion Snyder (Of icer Snyder), both police officers for the Gurnee police department, received a

police dispatch call stating that employees at a Home Depot noticed “two suspicious subjects that

were trying to *** buy high-priced items with a fake credit card or fake account,” but that the


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