DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Wheaton Chief of Police Bill Murphy announced today that Judge Anthony Coco ordered three male juveniles accused of robbing two individuals at gunpoint be released to the custody of their parents. A fourth individual also charged, Mikayla Jawor, 22 (d.o.b. 8/27/1998) of the 6700 block of Tudor Lane, Westmont, appeared in Bond Court this morning, where Judge Jeffrey MacKay set a $50,000 recognizance bond. All four defendants have been charged with one count of Aggravated Robbery – Dangerous Weapon or Firearm, a Class 1 Felony. Each of the three juveniles is also facing an additional count of Robbery, a Class 2 Felony.
On Sept. 29, 2020, officers with the Wheaton Police Department responded to a call of a robbery with a gun near the Wheaton College campus. It is alleged that at approximately 6:23 p.m., the three male juveniles approached the victims and took cannabis wax from them. It is further alleged that one of the male juveniles was armed with a gun, later determined to be an airsoft pistol. It is alleged that after the robbery, the three juveniles fled in a car driven by Jawor. Following an investigation conducted by the Wheaton Police Department, the vehicle in which the defendants allegedly fled was located by a Carol Stream police officer who performed a felony stop on the vehicle. All four defendants were taken into custody at this time.
“Anyone suspected of committing a violent crime in DuPage County will quickly find themself standing before a judge in court, either juvenile or adult,” Berlin said. “I would like to thank the Wheaton Police Department for their work on identifying the suspects in this case as well as the Carol Stream Police Department for their alert policing, which led to the arrest of the suspects in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Amanda Meindl and Lee Roupas for their efforts in preparing a strong case against the defendants.”
“Violent crime will not be tolerated in our community, regardless of the ages of those allegedly involved,” Murphy said. “I would like to thank the quick response of our telecommunicators in broadcasting the suspect description to other police departments and to the members of the Carol Stream Police Department who located the suspects. Our police officers and detectives worked methodically in investigating the incident and State's Attorney Bob Berlin's office was instrumental in bringing appropriate charges.”
Jawor’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 5, 2020, in front of Judge MacKay for arraignment. The next court appearances for the juveniles will be Oct. 19, Oct. 28 and Nov. 2 in front of Judge Coco.
Notice to the public: 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.