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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Bond Set for Second Cook County Man Charged with Robbing Wheaton Sprint Store

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Wheaton Chief of Police Bill Murphy announced today that bond has been set at $375,000 with 10% to apply for a second man allegedly involved in robbing approximately $40,000 worth of merchandise from a Wheaton Sprint store. Stephon Little, 27 (d.o.b. 10/21/1992) of 1710 Autumn Avenue, Schaumburg appeared at a bond hearing this morning in front of Judge Jeffrey MacKay who set the bond. Little has been charged with one count of Armed Robbery (Class X Felony) and three counts of Aggravated Unlawful Restraint (Class 3 Felony). Little’s co-defendant, Denzel Furance, 20 (d.o.b. 12/24/1998) of Calumet City was taken into custody on November 11, 2019 and appeared at a bond hearing the following day where Judge MacKay ordered he be held without bond. The State had asked the Court to hold Little without bond.

At approximately 8:08 p.m., November 8, 2019, Wheaton Police officers responded to a call of an armed robbery at the Sprint store located at 212 Danada Square West. Officers began an investigation and learned that at approximately 7:45 p.m. that evening, Little and his co-defendant arrived at the store in a car driven by Little. It is alleged that Furance, entered the store armed with a semi-automatic gun and wearing a mask, medical gloves and a hooded sweatshirt. It is alleged that Little supplied the weapon to Furance. Once inside the store, it is alleged that Furance ordered two employees at gunpoint to a back storage room where a third employee was located along with products and the store safe. It is alleged that Furance ordered one of the victims at gunpoint to bind the wrists and ankles of the other two employees with duct tape. It is alleged that Furance then bound the wrists and ankles of the third victim with duct tape. It is alleged that Furance then ordered the employees to open the safe containing electronic devices. It is further alleged that Furance then placed approximately fifty-eight items from the store into garbage bags he had brought with him. It is alleged that Furance then covered the mouths and eyes of the three employees with duct tape and exited the store, inadvertently dropping some items on his way out. It is further alleged that several minutes later, Furance returned to the store to retrieve the items he had previously dropped and then fled the scene in a vehicle driven by Little. Little was taken into custody on November 24.

“It is alleged that Mr. Little and his accomplice traveled to DuPage County to commit this crime,” Berlin said. “With the holiday shopping season upon us, I want to assure shoppers, employees and store owners that my office, along with our local police departments, will be working around the clock to ensure the safety of all DuPage County establishments and anyone suspected of this type of violent behavior will be arrested, charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I would once again like to thank the Wheaton Police Department, for their outstanding work in the identification and apprehension of the second man charged in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Amanda Meindl and Katie Rowe for their efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Little.”

            “Once again, I must commend our officers for their outstanding efforts and persistence in this case,” Murphy said. “It is because of their work, Mr. Little finds himself in the same situation as his co-defendant. The professionalism displayed by all those involved allowed us to bring a swift resolution to this incident thus ensuring the safety of our community. I thank the agencies who assisted us with this investigation as well as the State’s Attorney’s Office for their legal guidance.”

Little’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 16, in front of Judge MacKay for arraignment. Furance’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 5, in front of Judge MacKay for arraignment.

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.