Miner broke into Westmont car dealership and tried to run into police officer while fleeing scene: prosecutors
WESTMONT, Illinois. – A minor charged with burglary and assaulting a police officer at a suburban BMW dealership will be detained at least until his next court appearance, the DuPage County state prosecutor said.
The minor was charged with two counts of gun violence, one count of burglary, one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, one count of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and one count of aggravated assault against a police officer.
The minor’s co-defendants, Angel Martin, 23, of Dolton, Semaje Wheeler, 18, of Chicago and Brian Garrett, 19 of Chicago, appeared in court on January 1.
A judge set the bond at $ 1 million for Martin and $ 750,000 for Wheeler and Garrett.
Authorities said the three men were charged with two counts of gun violence, one count of burglary and one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
At approximately 4:27 a.m. on December 31, Westmont police received information about an ongoing burglary at Laurel BMW’s on Ogden Avenue.
Two officers responded to the dealership, where they encountered two people, later identified as the miner and Martin, exiting the showroom and entering a white Acura with two other occupants, later identified as Wheeler and Garrett, the authorities said.
After arriving at the dealership, the miner and Martin were reportedly armed with a lever and attempted to enter the building from the east side, but were unsuccessful.
The two would then have joined Wheeler and Garrett in the Acura and made their way to the west side of the building.
They got out of the vehicle again and reportedly tried to enter the building with the lever.
Prosecutors said Martin eventually grabbed a landscaping stone and threw it through a window in the garage door.
The miner and Martin would then have entered through the broken window.
When alerted to the arrival of police, prosecutors say the two exited the building and entered the Acura to escape.
Officers blocked the driveway with their patrol car and got out of the patrol car. As the Acura attempted to escape, police drew their guns and ordered offenders to stop and get out of the car, prosecutors said.
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The defendants still tried to escape in the Acura, which was reportedly driven by the minor, heading directly towards one of the uniformed officers.
At that point, the officer discharged his gun, punching the minor in the chest and grazing Martin – who was sitting in the front passenger seat, prosecutors said.
As the vehicle approached, the officer ran out of the path of the vehicle and used his free hand to push the vehicle to avoid injury.
The vehicle then allegedly fled east on Ogden Avenue to IL-83 northbound near 22nd Street in Oak Brook, prosecutors said.
The vehicle crashed into a ditch and the four suspects fled on foot.
The four suspects were apprehended shortly after.
The minor was taken to hospital for medical treatment and remained there until Monday, when he was placed in the custody of the authorities.
During the investigation, authorities learned that the Acura was stolen on December 21, 2021 in Lake County.
While officers investigated the scene, they located three firearms inside the Acura; a Glock 23 40 caliber with an extended magazine, a Poly 80 pistol with a cartridge in the chamber and a Glock 17 9 mm with a fully loaded 24 round magazine.
Additionally, officers found a Glock 19 with an extended charger just outside the Acura near the driver’s side door, prosecutors said.
Three of the guns had switches, which could make the guns fully automatic.
Officers also located an almost full 50-round drum magazine, 28 key rings for various vehicles and two levers inside the car.
“The laying of identical charges against the minor accused in this case sends a message that in DuPage County we will not condone this type of violent behavior and will aggressively prosecute anyone accused of such behavior, regardless of his age, “DuPage County District Attorney Robert said. Berlin.
The minor’s co-defendants are scheduled to appear in court on January 24 for indictment.
Each of the juvenile’s co-accused faces a sentence of 15 to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections if convicted of the gun violence charge.