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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Bond Set for Two Men Accused of Stealing Car at Gunpoint

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin, Woodridge Chief of Police Brian Cunningham and Darien Chief of Police Greg Thomas announced today that bond has been set for two men charged with hijacking a man’s car at gunpoint from a Woodridge gas station. Darryl Simmons, 18 (d.o.b. 1/10/2002) of 7971 Woodridge Avenue, Woodridge and Jehdan Matthews, 19 (d.o.b. 1/26/2000) of 525 Ingraham, Calumet City, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Alex McGimpsey set bond at $750,000 with 10% to apply for Simmons and $600,000 with 10% to apply for Matthews. The State had asked for no bond for both men who are each charged with one count of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking with a Firearm (Class X Felony).

            It is alleged that on January 22, 2020 at approximately 1:00 p.m., Simmons and Matthews were at the Citgo gas station located at 2340 75th Street in Woodridge. It is alleged that Simmons approached a man at one of the gas pumps, put a gun to the man’s side and told him “give me the money.” It is further alleged that Simmons then demanded the keys to the man’s car. It is alleged that Simmons and Matthews then got in the man’s car, with Simmons driving, and drove away. It is further alleged that as the duo drove away, the car broke down in traffic at which time Darien police officers observed the two men flee the vehicle. Officers pursued the men and after a foot chase, which led through a nearby golf course, both men were apprehended. Police also recovered the gun allegedly used in the hijacking along with a 30-round extended magazine.

            “It is alleged that for the fourth time in just over a month, a resident of DuPage County was the victim of a carjacking at gunpoint,” Berlin said. “In DuPage County, law enforcement has no tolerance for this type of violent behavior. Make no mistake, if you commit a violent crime in DuPage County you will be arrested, charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Thankfully the victim of this alleged hijacking was not injured. I would like to thank the Woodridge and Darien Police Departments for their outstanding police work in quickly bringing this matter under control. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Alyssa Rabulinski for her work in securing a strong prosecution against the defendants in this case.”

            “I am very proud of the quick and coordinated response of our officers and I am especially thankful to the Darien Police Department for their assistance in apprehending the suspects in this case,” Cunningham said. “It is because of their efforts, along with the DuPage County State’s Attorney office, we may have thwarted any future crimes.”           
            “I would like to thank the responding agencies for their great teamwork which allowed us to get two threatening people off the streets,” Thomas said.      
            The next court appearance for Simmons is scheduled for February 21, 2020. The next court appearance for Matthews is scheduled for February 20, 2020. Both men will be arraigned on these dates in front of Judge McGimpsey. If found guilty, both defendants face a possible sentence of between 21-45 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.           
            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.