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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, February 1, 2021

Judge Orders Detention of Second Chicago Teen Accused of Stealing Car at Gunpoint

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Addison Director of Police Bill Hayden announced today that Judge Brian Jacobs ordered that a second Chicago teen charged with hijacking a woman’s car at gunpoint from an Addison Popeye’s restaurant parking lot will remain in custody until at least his next court appearance. The juvenile, who is fifteen years old, is charged with one count of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking (Class X Felony) and one count of Armed Robbery (Class X Felony).

On January 23, 2021, at approximately 10:46 p.m. Addison police officers responded to a report of a vehicular hijacking near the Popeye’s restaurant in Addison. Upon their arrival, officers learned that the victim, a twenty-year-old female, was walking through the restaurant’s parking lot when she was approached by three individuals, two of whom were armed. It is alleged that the individuals, one of whom was later identified as the juvenile, threatened her to give up her belongings, such as cash, cellular telephone and her car keys, to them or they would kill her. It is further alleged that after the victim turned over her belongings to the defendants, all three individuals got into her car and fled at a high rate of speed. As the defendants allegedly fled, a nearby patrol officer began pursuit, and with assistance from the Illinois State Police and their helicopter, were able to track the vehicle to the south side of Chicago. It is further alleged that when officers approached the vehicle, the individuals fled the scene on foot. One of the suspects was apprehended at this time by assisting Chicago Police officers while the other two suspects were able to avoid apprehension. On January 31, Addison police officers, with assistance from the Chicago Police Department, took the second juvenile into custody while executing a search warrant at the juvenile’s home.

“I would like to thank the Chicago Police Department for their assistance on this case, which ultimately led to the apprehension of the second suspect,” Berlin said. “The cooperative efforts exhibited by not only the Chicago Police Department but the Illinois State Police and the Addison Police Department sends the message that in DuPage County we will work with our law enforcement partners throughout Illinois to bring to justice anyone accused of violent crime, such as alleged in this case. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Kristin Sullivan and Nick Catizone for their work in preparing a strong case against these defendants.”

“The charges filed today against this individual are the direct result of our officers receiving a tremendous amount of support and assistance from the Chicago Police Department,” Hayden said. “Violent crimes are an affront to our entire criminal justice system and at times require cooperative efforts between agencies to bring the alleged offenders to justice, as we saw in this case. I thank the Chicago Police Department, the Illinois State Police and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for all their efforts on this case.”

The Juvenile’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 17, 2021, for status in front of Judge Jacobs. An investigation into this matter continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Addison Police Department at (630) 693-7941.       

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendants’ 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.