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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Three Adults and Three Juveniles Charged in West Chicago Gang-Related Shooting/Stabbing

WHEATON – DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and West Chicago Chief of Police Michael Uplegger announced today that multiple individuals have been charged in relation to an incident early yesterday morning that sent two people to the hospital with serious injuries. The following adults appeared at a bond hearing this morning in front of Judge George Bakalis who set their bonds as noted below. Additionally, three juveniles appeared at detention hearings this morning where Judge Anthony Coco ordered all three juveniles to be detained. The adults charged include:

  • Gerardo Luna, 20 (d.o.b. 1/31/1999) of 143 Austin Avenue, Carpentersville – bond set at $250,000 with 10% to apply. The State had asked for a bond of $1 million with 10% to apply.
  • Juan Arellano, 20 (d.o.b. 3/25/1999) of 143 Austin Avenue, Carpentersville – bond set at $400,000 with 10% to apply. The State had asked for a bond of $1 million with 10% to apply.
  • Luis Vallin, 19 (d.o.b. 10/5/2000) of 1200 S. Neltnor Blvd, West Chicago – bond set at $30,000 with 10% to apply. The State had asked for a bond of $ 500,000 with 10% to apply.

All three adults have been charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm (Class X Felony), one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon (Class 3 Felony) and one count of Mob Action (Class 4 Felony.) The three juveniles have been charged with the same offenses.

            On November 4, 2019, at approximately 1:21 a.m., West Chicago police officers responded to a call at 127 Wycliffe, for a report of a rock being thrown through a window. While on the call, the 9-1-1 caller also indicated that shots had been fired and that someone at the residence had been stabbed. Upon their arrival, officers found the victims suffering from serious injuries. Both victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The wounds the victims sustained are not considered life threatening. Through the course of their investigation, detectives were given a description of the vehicle in which the defendants allegedly fled. That vehicle was stopped a short time later and four of the defendants were taken into custody at this time. The other two defendants allegedly fled the scene on foot and were also taken into custody a short time later. It is alleged that the defendants traveled together to the victims’ home on Wycliffe armed with the knife and gun. It is alleged that once at the home, Vallin through a brick through the back window of the residence. At this time, two of the occupants of the home came outside to investigate. It is alleged that at this time Arellano pulled a gun from his waistband and shot at the house, striking another occupant in the house in his side with the bullet exiting out of his upper arm. It is further alleged that at this time Luna stabbed one of the men who exited the house four times, once in the side and three times in the upper thigh with a large hunting knife. It is alleged that the defendants then fled the scene.

            “It is alleged that in the middle of the night, these defendants traveled to DuPage County looking to cause trouble,” Berlin said. “This type of brazen behavior will not be tolerated in DuPage County and will be met with the full force and effect of the law. Thankfully, neither of the victims’ injuries are considered life threatening. I would like to thank the West Chicago Police Department for their work on this case. Beginning with the quick apprehension of the defendants through their thorough investigation, their outstanding police work allowed us to mount a strong prosecution against these defendants. I would like to thank the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office as well as the MERIT Task Force for their work on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Kristin Sullivan, Robert Willis, Nick Catizone and Lee Roupas for their efforts in holding the defendants accountable for their actions.”

            “This is another example of the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the West Chicago Police Department to bring individuals who commit theses senseless crimes to justice,” Uplegger said.  

            The next court appearance for Vallin and Luna is scheduled for December 2, 2019 for arraignment in front of Judge Bakalis. The next court appearance for Arellano is scheduled for December 3, 2019 for arraignment in front of Judge Bakalis. The next court appearance for the juvenile defendants is scheduled for next week for status.

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

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