Thursday, June 27, 2019
Second of Two Men Sentenced in Armed Robbery of Wheaton College Student
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Abeet Ramos, 21 (d.o.b. 2/1/1998) formerly of South Elgin, has been sentenced to ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections following a guilty plea to one count of Armed Robbery, a Class X Felony, of a Wheaton College student in the summer of 2016. Ramos’ plea of guilty included an agreement that Ramos would cooperate with the State in the case against his codefendant. On March 29, 2019, Ramos entered his plea of guilty in front of Judge John Kinsella, who handed down today’s sentence. On January 25, 2019, Ramos’ codefendant, Jeremy Jones, 26 (d.o.b. 6/12/1993) formerly of Elgin, was sentenced to twenty-four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to the same charge. A third codefendant, Timothy Jones, Jeremy’s brother, was shot and killed in December 2017 in an unrelated matter. Ramos has been held in custody at the DuPage County Jail on a bond of $3 million with 10% to apply since September 2, 2016.
On August 26, 2016, at approximately 9:50 a.m., the victim was walking in downtown Glen Ellyn when he was approached by a small SUV occupied by three men. Two men exited the vehicle, displayed a handgun, and ordered the victim into the vehicle. The three men then drove to several ATMs and withdrew more than $1,500 from the victim’s bank account using his ATM card. The men then drove to Chicago with the victim and at approximately 11:37 a.m., released the victim. Upon his release, the victim ran to the nearest building and called 911. An investigation into the matter led by the Glen Ellyn Police Department resulted in charges against the defendants.
“This morning, Judge Kinsella sentenced Mr. Ramos to ten years in prison and in doing so sent the message that this type of brazen, violent behavior will not be tolerated in DuPage County,” Berlin said. “Mr. Ramos and Mr. Jones have certainly earned the sentences imposed upon them. I cannot begin to imagine the terror that the victim must have felt as these defendants drove him at gunpoint from ATM to ATM and forced him to withdraw more than $1,500 from his bank account. I would like to thank members of the Glen Ellyn Police Department for their outstanding work on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Nicole Wilkes-English and Mike Fisher for their work in holding both of these defendants responsible for their outrageous behavior.”
Ramos will be required to serve 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.