Bail Set for two Chicago men accused of hijacking car at gunpoint in West Chicago
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and West Chicago Chief of Police Colin Fleury announced that bond was set yesterday for two Chicago men charged with carjacking at gunpoint a resident’s vehicle from his garage.
Andre Turner, 19 (d.o.b. 9/24/2002) of the 7500 block of Winchester Avenue and Tyrell Loury, 19 (d.o.b. 8/8/2003) of the 7200 block of S Phillips Avenue appeared in Bond Court yesterday morning where Judge Leah Bendik set bond at $600,000 with 10% to apply for Turner and $500,000 with 10% to apply for Loury.
Both men have been charged with one count of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking with a Firearm (Class X Felony) and one count of Aggravated Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 1 Felony).
On December 29, 2021, at approximately 6:36 p.m., the West Chicago Police Department responded to a call on Alamance Drive for a vehicular hijacking. Upon his arrival, an officer spoke with the victim and learned that the victim had just entered his vehicle, a Mercedes Benz, which was located in the home’s attached garage. It is alleged that as the victim was preparing to leave, he heard a voice from the driver side door state “give me your keys.”
It is alleged that he then saw two male individuals wearing black masks, one of whom was pointing a gun at his stomach. It is alleged that the men then ordered the victim to get out of the car. It is further alleged that after the victim exited his vehicle, one of the men entered the vehicle and the other man fled to the white car parked in front of the home.
It is alleged that both men then fled the residence, one in the white car and one in the stolen Mercedes Benz. With the assistance of a Chicago Police Department helicopter, the vehicle was followed as it drove through the south side of Chicago until it parked near 65th and King. It is alleged that after the Mercedes Benz parked, two men, later identified as the defendants, exited the vehicle and began to flee.
After a brief foot pursuit, officers with the Chicago Police Department took Loury into custody. It is alleged that during the foot pursuit one of the men disposed of a loaded Springfield XDM .45 caliber hand gun in a dumpster, which was later recovered by police. Police also recovered the stolen Mercedes Benz at this time. Turner was taken into custody on December 31, 2021, in Chicago.
“The swift apprehension of these two men demonstrates DuPage County law enforcement’s commitment to public safety,” Berlin said.
“As I have said countless times before, if you commit the type of violent crime alleged in this case in DuPage County, you will be caught and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I commend the West Chicago Police Department for their efforts which, when combined with the power of a Chicago police helicopter, led to the quick, peaceful apprehension of the defendants in this case. I thank the Chicago Police Department for their work in apprehending the suspects in this case. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Adam Rodriguez and Denis Cahill for their work in preparing a strong case against each of these defendants.”
“I’m very proud of the West Chicago officers that worked tirelessly on this case, who along with the assistance of the Chicago Police Department and other law enforcement partners, were able to bring these dangerous individuals to justice,” Fleury said.
“I want to thank State’s Attorney Berlin and his office for filing the appropriate charges against the defendants in this case.”
If found guilty, Turner and Loury each face a penalty of between twenty-one and forty-five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The next court appearance for both men is scheduled for January 24, 2022, for arraignment in front of Judge Margaret O’Connell.
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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