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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Bond Set at $500,000 for Aurora Man Charged with Firing a Gun into his Girlfriend’s Car

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Aurora Chief of Police Kristen Ziman announced that bond has been set for an Aurora man accused of firing a gun into the back of his girlfriend’s unoccupied vehicle. Elyas Taha, 29 (d.o.b. 10/5/1991) of the 2600 block of Country Oaks Court, appeared in Bond Court Monday morning, April 5, where Judge Brian Telander set bond at $500,000 with 10% to apply. Taha has been charged with one count of Armed Violence (Class X Felony), one count of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm (Class X Felony) and one count of Aggravated Domestic Battery - Strangulation (Class 2 Felony).

On March 25, 2021, at approximately 9:09 a.m., Aurora police responded to a call of shots fired on the 2600 block of Country Oaks Court. Following an investigation into the matter, it is alleged that Taha and his girlfriend engaged in a verbal altercation that turned physical at which time Taha hit his victim several times and choked her for approximately fifteen seconds. It is further alleged that after releasing his girlfriend, Taha fired two shots into the driver's side taillight of her car and one into the driver's side of the back bumper while she was standing next to the driver’s side of the car. It is alleged that after shooting the car, Taha fled the scene on foot. Approximately twenty minutes after arriving at the scene, Aurora police found Taha still in the neighborhood and took him into custody.    

“It is alleged that after physically assaulting his girlfriend, Mr. Taha fired a Glock 19 semiautomatic handgun into her vehicle before fleeing the scene,” Berlin said. “Thankfully, no one was struck by a ricocheting bullet and injured or killed. I would like to commend the Aurora Police Department for their quick response and apprehension of the defendant in this case. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Miner and Kathleen Rowe for their efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Taha.”

“After receiving calls of shots fired and a man armed with a gun, our officers worked quickly to search the area and take the man into custody,” Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said. “There is no place for people who illegally use firearms in our community and we will work with our partners at the State’s Attorney’s Office to bring justice to those who put the public at risk.”

Taha’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 13, 2021, for arraignment in front of Judge Telander.

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