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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Bond Set at $500,000 for Chicago Man Accused of Stealing Car From Driveway of Glen Ellyn Home

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Glen Ellyn Chief of Police Philip Norton announced today that bond has been set for a Chicago man accused of stealing a black 2016 Lincoln MKX SUV from the driveway of a Glen Ellyn home. Kenneth Diamond, 19 (d.o.b. 2/9/2002) of the 10500 block of S. Yates, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Brian Telander set bond at $500,000 with 10% to apply. Diamond has been charged with one count of Aggravated Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 1 Felony), one count of Theft - $10,000 to $100,000 (Class 2 Felony), one count of Aggravated Fleeing or Eluding a Peace Officer (Class 4 Felony) and one count of Burglary to a Motor Vehicle (Class 3 Felony).

On June 30, 2020, at approximately 2:21 a.m., officers responded to a motor vehicle theft having just occurred from the driveway of a Glen Ellyn home. A short time later, officers with the Wheaton Police Department allegedly observed the stolen Lincoln driving in Wheaton, closely following a dark-colored sedan. At approximately 3:10 a.m., Wheaton officers initiated a traffic stop on the Lincoln at which time both the Lincoln and the dark-colored sedan fled at a high rate of speed. Stop sticks were employed in Wheaton and punctured the tires of the Lincoln. It is alleged that at this time both the Lincoln and the dark-colored sedan came to a stop and that two individuals exited the Lincoln and entered the dark-colored sedan. It is further alleged that the dark-colored sedan then fled the scene. Officers pursued the vehicle but were unable to make a stop. An investigation into the alleged vehicle theft led authorities to Diamond as the suspected driver of the Lincoln.

“While we currently find ourselves in the midst of an epidemic of car thefts, the bond set today and the cooperative efforts displayed by the law enforcement agencies involved should send the message that in DuPage County we take these types of crimes very seriously,” Berlin said. “What I find particularly aggravating about this case is the allegation that the defendant displayed a complete disregard for the rule of law and put the general public at risk by fleeing at a high rate of speed. Even more, after the vehicle the defendant was allegedly driving was disabled by the use of stop sticks, the defendant allegedly abandoned that vehicle and fled in another car, again at a high rate of speed. I would like to thank the Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and Hinsdale Police Departments as well as the DuPage County Crime Lab whose combined efforts led to the successful apprehension of the suspect in this case. It is because of their efforts Mr. Diamond finds himself facing very serious felony charges. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Alyssa Rabulinski and Heather Misura for their work in securing strong charges against Mr. Diamond.”

“I commend all the officers involved in the successful apprehension of the suspect in this case. Successful policing involves teamwork and I thank the Wheaton and Hinsdale Police Departments for their assistance. I would especially like to thank the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their legal guidance throughout this case and for filing the appropriate charges against Mr. Diamond,” Norton said.    

Diamond’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 24, 2020, 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.