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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Bond Set at $300,000 for West Chicago Man Charged As Armed Habitual Criminal

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and West Chicago Chief of Police Michael Uplegger announced today that a West Chicago man is facing new charges this morning after allegedly punching his girlfriend, pulling a gun on her and threatening to kill her just two weeks after posting $750 bond on Felony charges for allegedly resisting a police officer and hitting the same woman in the face and threatening to kill her. Lee Steverson, 30 (d.o.b. 9/28/1988) of 146 W. Washington Street, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Liam Brennan set bond at $300,000 with 10% to apply. Steverson’s new charges include two counts of Domestic Battery, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon and one count of Armed Habitual Criminal – the most serious offense which is a Class X Felony. The Armed Habitual Criminal charges stems from allegations that this is Steverson’s fourth Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon offense.

On March 13, 2019, West Chicago police officers responded to a call of a man with a gun at 146 W. Washington Street. Upon their arrival, the man had left the Washington Street address. After speaking to the caller, officers canvassed the area and ultimately located Steverson at a nearby store where he was taken into custody without incident. It is alleged that shortly before the West Chicago Police Department received the call, Steverson and the caller, his girlfriend, were at Steverson’s residence. It is alleged that Steverson requested his girlfriend’s car keys and when she told him she did not have the keys, he became upset and punched her on the left side of her face. It is alleged that Steverson then pulled out a hand gun, pointed it at her head and said, “I’m going to kill you if you call the police.”  It is alleged that the woman then walked outside and called 9-1-1. It is further alleged that Steverson went outside and discovered that his girlfriend called 9-1-1 and then fled on foot taking with him a bag containing the gun and marijuana. While canvassing the area, officers found the bag containing a hand gun and marijuana near a bush, allegedly put there by Steverson. 

“It is alleged that Mr. Steverson showed a complete disregard for the rule of law and continued his criminal ways while out on bond,” Berlin said. “Thankfully, the victim in this case, who was also the victim of domestic violence in Mr. Steverson’s previous case, was not injured or worse, killed, as Mr. Steverson allegedly threatened. I would like to thank the West Chicago Police Department for their outstanding work in apprehending the suspect in this case as well as recovering the bag allegedly containing a gun and marijuana. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Lindt for her efforts in securing a strong prosecution against Mr. Steverson.” 

“The West Chicago Police Department has no tolerance for the type of actions of which Mr. Steverson is accused,” Uplegger said. “I commend our officers for bringing this incident to a peaceful conclusion. I would also like to the thank the State’s Attorney’s Office for their guidance in helping us get this alleged career criminal off the streets.”

Steverson’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 12, 2019 in front of Judge Brennan.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.