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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Bond Set at $100,000 for Chicago Man Charged with Attempt Residential Burglary/Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle

Defendant faces new charges while on parole just five weeks after being released from prison

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael Ruth announced today that bond has been set for a Chicago man acused of attempting to burglarize an Elmhurst residence while in possession of a stolen car. Ivan Mendez, 22 (d.o.b. 3/27/1997) of 1331 W Lorel, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Robert Miller set bond at $100,000 with 10% to apply. The State had asked for bond of $750,000 with 10% to apply.  Mendez is charged with one count of Attempt Burglary (Class 3 Felony), one count of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Felony) and other Misdemeanor charges including Resisting Arrest. Mendez is currently on parole having being released from the Illinois Department of Corrections just five weeks ago. 

On August 26, 2019, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Elmhurst police officers were dispatched to 895 Washington Street regarding a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway. Upon their arrival, officers learned that the vehicle in question, a Nissan Rogue SUV, was reported stolen several weeks earlier. It is alleged that at approximately 1:34 a.m., an Elmhurst police officer observed a man walking out of a backyard on Van Buren Street near the Nissan. It is alleged that the officer attempted to make contact with the man, later identified as Mendez, but Mendez ran from the officer. An investigation into the matter alleges that Mendez allegedly drove the stolen vehicle to the Washington Street address and attempted to enter the garage of a home located at 101 W. Van Buren. At approximately 8 a.m. the same day, an Elmhurst police officer observed a man matching the description of the suspect in the Van Buren Street attempt burglary walking westbound on St. Charles Road. The officer attempted to make contact with the man, later identified as Mendez, but Mendez ran from the officer and was eventually located in a garage on Elm Street in Villa Park. He was taken into custody at this time. 

“It is alleged that in the middle of the night, a man who was paroled only five weeks ago attempted to break into the garage of a residence while in possession of a stolen vehicle and then fled from police,” Berlin said. “These allegations are extremely serious and will not be tolerated in DuPage County. Any action that violates the sanctity of a person’s home, which includes their garage, is unacceptable and will be met with the full force of the law. I would like to thank the Elmhurst Police Department for their truly outstanding work in identifying Mr. Mendez as a suspect in this case and apprehending him just hours later. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Anthony Pasquini for his efforts as well.”

Mendez’s next court appearance is scheduled for September 20, 2019 for arraignment in front of Judge Miller.  

Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.