The following information has been provided by the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office: DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin, Downers Grove Chief of Police Shanon Gillette and Woodridge Chief of Police Brian Cunningham announced today that bond has been denied for two of three individuals accused of breaking into a Downers Grove and Woodridge residence last Thursday evening.
Tyler Sample, 21(d.o.b. 10/28/1998) of 815 E. Republic, Peoria, and Darion Yates, 21 (d.o.b. 3/17/1998) of 606 Preston Drive, Bolingbrook, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Brian Diamond denied bond. Bond was set at $500,000 with 10% to apply for a third individual suspected in the crime, Rose Marie Medrano, 26 (d.o.b. 4/26/1993) of 2201 Hamilton Lane, Darien. All three have been charged with one count of Home Invasion (Class X Felony), one count of Aggravated Robbery (a Class 1 Felony), one count of Residential Burglary (a Class 1 Felony) and one count of Robbery - Victim over 60 years old (a Class 1 Felony).
On December 5, at approximately 8:54 p.m. Downers Grove Police officers responded to a report of a burglary in the 900 block of Curtiss Street. An investigation found that three residents of the home were inside the apartment when a female, later identified as Medrano, allegedly knocked on the door and asked to use the telephone. When the residents allowed Medrano into the apartment, it is alleged that two men, later identified as Samples and Yates, forced their way into the apartment and threatened the residents saying "I have a gun." It is further alleged that all three defendants then took numerous items, including multiple cellular telephones, debit cards and credit cards, from the apartment before fleeing the scene. It is further alleged that Sample punched one of the residents in the face during the altercation. Also on December 5, at approximately 9:40 p.m., Woodridge Police officers responded to a report of a home invasion and robbery in the 8400 block of Ula Avenue. It is alleged that the resident of the home, an eighty-one-year-old woman, was upstairs in bed when she heard a loud noise downstairs. It is further alleged that when she went downstairs she encountered two men, later identified as Samples and Yates in her home. It is alleged that the defendants threatened the homeowner telling her they would come back and kill her if she did not follow their instructions. It is alleged that the men stole numerous items from the woman including a gold watch, her wallet and a laptop computer before fleeing the scene. An investigation conducted by the Downers Grove and Woodridge Police Department led to the defendants who were taken into custody the following day.
"The terror allegedly caused by these defendants - forcing their way into their victims' homes, threatening them and physically assaulting one of them is almost unimaginable," Berlin said. "Thanks to the outstanding work of the Downers Grove and Woodridge Police Departments however, the defendants' crime spree was short-lived. The quick identification and apprehension of the suspects in this case is an outstanding example of the cooperation and teamwork that all DuPage County law enforcement agencies share. I would like to thank Assistant State's Attorneys Helen Kapas and Sean Kinsella for their efforts in preparing a strong case against these three defendants."
"I would like to thank the officers of the Downers Grove and Woodridge Police Departments for their exceptional efforts and teamwork throughout this investigation," Gillette said. "I would also like to thank the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office for their legal guidance in this matter."
"The blatant targeting of an elderly woman in a violent manner is difficult to comprehend," Cunningham said. "I'm thankful our officers were able to put a stop to this crime spree and prevent future acts of violence. This case is a great example of dedicated officers and the State's Attorney's Office working together to keep our communities safe."
The cases against all three defendants have been assigned to Judge George Bakalis. Their next court appearance is scheduled for January 6, 2020, 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.
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