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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Trio Charged With Robbing Roselle Verizon Store

Two of accused are Chicagoans currently on parole


DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Roselle Chief of Police Steve Herron announced today that bond has been set for three individuals accused of breaking into a Roselle Verizon store and stealing merchandise. Denzel Irons, 22 (d.o.b. 7/31/1997) of 6920 South Crandon, Chicago, Leo Edwards, 25 (d.o.b. 10/24/1994) of 2744 West 61st Street, Chicago and Demyrah Nance, 19 (d.o.b. 8/5/2000) with no known address, each appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge George Bakalis set bond at $50,000 with 10% to apply for Irons, $30,000 with 10% to apply for Edwards and $10,000 with 10% to apply for Nance. All three defendants have been charged with one count of Burglary (Class 2 Felony.) In addition, Irons has been charged with one count of Criminal Damage to Property (Class 4 Felony), one count of Possession of Burglary Tools (Class 4 Felony) and one count of Obstruction of a Police Officer (Class A Misdemeanor.)

 It is alleged that at approximately 2:04 a.m., November 12, 2019, the trio arrived at the Verizon store located at 1440 West Lake Street. It is alleged that Irons gained access to the store by smashing a hammer through the front door glass. It is alleged that Irons then entered the store and stole merchandise including cellular telephones and tablets. It is further alleged that Irons, Edwards and Nance all fled the scene together in a vehicle driven by Nance. An investigation led by the Roselle Police Department led to the trio who were apprehended a short time later by the Hanover Park Police following a traffic stop. Both Irons and Edwards are currently on parole out of Cook County.

 “It is alleged that these three individuals, two of whom are currently on parole, traveled to DuPage County intent on committing a forceable felony,” Berlin said. “We will not stand idly by and allow violent crimes such as this to happen. The holiday season is a particularly busy time for retailers and shoppers and my office, along with our local police departments, stand ready to ensure the safety of retailers and shoppers alike. I would like to thank the Roselle Police Department for their thorough investigation into this matter as well as the Hanover Park Police Department for their assistance. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Willis for his efforts in preparing a strong case against these three defendants.”

 “This case is a perfect example of law enforcement agencies working together to keep all of our communities safe,” Herron said. “Definitely, this is a job well done by both the Roselle Officers and the Hanover Park Police Officers.” 

 The next court appearances for Irons, Edwards and Nance are scheduled for December 9, December 11 and December 10, 2019 respectively. All three defendants will appear before Judge Bakalis.  

 Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is 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.