Does ''General Description'' of a Felon Justify a Police Stop In Illinois ?
In People v. Byrd, 47 Ill. App. 3d 804, 365 N.E.2d 443, 8 Ill. Dec. 205 (1977), the court affirmed the trial court's granting of the defendant's motion to suppress where the arresting officer testified that he stopped the defendant because he matched the description the officer received the previous day of a 5'6" man with a light complexion weighing approximately 130 pounds suspected to have been involved in an armed robbery. the court found the stop to be unjustified, as the description "could fit a myriad of individuals" (Byrd, 47 Ill. App. 3d at 808) and was received 24 hours earlier.
Further, the defendant was stopped approximately 14 blocks away from where the crime occurred.
The Court concluded that "the general description, combined with the remote time and place of defendant's seizure, compels a finding that the officer's stop of defendant was unreasonable." Byrd, 47 Ill. App. 3d at 808.