DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin, Downers Grove Chief of Police Robert Porter and Westmont Chief of Police Tom Mulhearn announced today that charges have been filed against three Downers Grove men accused of robbing a Downers Grove woman of her cell phone as she exited her vehicle while in front of her house.
Jamarrion King, 17 (d.o.b.11/4/1996), Devonte Miles, 18 (d.o.b. 12/16/1995) and Tallen Patrick Casey, 20 (d.o.b.10/19/1993) have all been charged with one count of Armed Robbery, a Class X Felony, in connection to the incident. Casey has also been charged with an additional count of Armed Robbery for allegedly robbing a man of his wallet while in a Westmont parking lot. All three men appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Karen Wilson set bond at $300,000 with 10% to apply for King and Casey and $400,000 with 10% to apply for Miles.
Today's charges stem from allegations that on May 4, 2014, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the armed men approached the female victim in the driveway of her home. Two of the men allegedly pointed guns at the woman and stole he cellular telephone. The men then fled the area. The additional charge against Casey alleges that on May 3, 2014, at approximately 10 p.m., an armed Casey approached a man in Westmont parking lot and stole his wallet. An investigation led by the Downers Grove and Westmont Police Departments, with assistance from the State's Attorney's Office, led to the apprehension of the men.
"The type of brazen behavior allegedly exhibited by these three men will not be tolerated and will be met with the full force of the law," Berlin said. "The Downers Grove and Westmont Police Departments did an exceptional job in apprehending these men and in helping us build a strong case against them and for that I thank them. I would also like to thank Assistant State's Attorney Bethany Jackson for her efforts on this case."
"I am extremely proud of the phenomenal teamwork exhibited by the various law enforcement agencies involved in this case," Chief Porter said. "This was a very dangerous situation placing the public at risk. It was the quick and pro-active law enforcement response that resulted in the successful apprehension of three dangerous individuals. I would like to thank the State's Attorney's Office for their assistance."
"I am proud of the Westmont Police Department along with the Downers Grove and Woodridge Police Departments to bring a successful resolution resulting in the arrest of three men who threatened the safety of our communities," Chief Mulhearn said.
The next appearance for all three men is scheduled for June 9, 2014 in front of Judge John Kinsella 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.