A young man from South Carolina is in the custody of the U.S. Marine Corps, after allegedly deserting from service, only to be found hiding in the attic of a friend’s home in Naperville.
Jeremiah Rivera, 21, of Conway, S.C., had been held without bail in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton on a charge of military desertion. He has since been transferred into the custody of the Marine Corps.
Rivera’s friend, Daniel G. Vermette, 24, faces trial on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing justice. Vermette allegedly hid Rivera in his home on the 2500 block of Sheehan Drive.
Marine Corps officials earlier this month asked Naperville police to take Rivera into custody, after he allegedly went “absent without leave,” or AWOL. After learning Rivera might be with Vermette, police obtained an arrest warrant and went about 5:25 p.m. Oct. 7 to Vermette’s home, in the Windridge area of far west-central Naperville.
Police Sgt Lou Cammiso said Vermette met police at the door and allegedly “lied to the officers,” telling them Rivera was not there. The officers entered the home “and ultimately discovered Rivera hiding up in the attic,” Cammiso said in an e-mail.
The officers took both Rivera and Vermette into custody without incident.
Cammiso said he did not know the nature of the relationship between Rivera and Vermette, nor did he know where Rivera had been stationed prior to allegedly going AWOL.
Vermette is free on bond and facing trial in DuPage County Circuit Court.