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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Second of Two Men Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery/Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a Chicago man accused of following a Wheaton couple on their way home and stealing their car at gunpoint has been sentenced to twenty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Phillip Smith 28, (d.o.b. 1/17/1992) appeared in court this morning in front of Judge John Kinsella where he entered a plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking (Class X Felony). Following his plea, Judge Kinsella handed down Smith’s twenty-year sentence. On May 7, 2019, Smith’s accomplice, Carlos Moore, 28, also of Chicago, (d.o.b. 7/18/1991) was sentenced to twenty-one years in the IDOC following his plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Robbery with a Firearm (Class X Felony).

On February 22, 2017, at approximately 10:10 p.m., Moore, Smith and one unnamed accomplice followed a Wheaton couple as they drove to their home. When the couple pulled into their garage, Moore, Smith and the accomplice pulled their vehicle into the driveway behind them. Moore and Smith, wearing masks, then got out of their vehicle, pointed a gun at the wife and demanded the keys to their vehicle. The wife gave her entire purse to Moore and then he, Smith and the accomplice stole the couple’s vehicle. A short time later, officers spotted the stolen vehicle but eventually lost the vehicle following a high-speed chase. The vehicle was later located in a Chicago parking lot. An investigation into the incident, conducted by the Wheaton Police Department, led authorities to Moore and Smith. The third individual allegedly involved in the robbery has yet to be identified.

  “This afternoon, Mr. Smith learned that he will be joining his partner behind bars for his role in the hijacking of an innocent couple’s car,” Berlin said. “While we are very grateful that no one was injured that evening, I’m sure the entire incident was very traumatic for the victims. The sentences handed down to Mr. Smith and Mr. Moore will send the message to any would-be carjackers that this type of violent crime will not be tolerated in DuPage County. I would like to thank the Wheaton Police Department for their work in identifying the two in this case. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Sullivan for her efforts in preparing a strong case against both defendants which ultimately led to their guilty pleas.”
            Both men will be required to serve 50% of their sentence before being eligible for parole.