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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, January 31, 2020

Wheaton Vehicular Hijacking Results in Eight-Year Sentence

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a Chicago resident charged with forcibly stealing a woman’s car from a Wheaton shopping center has been sentenced to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Demarion Chambers, 23 (d.o.b. 9/12/1996) appeared at a sentencing hearing this afternoon where Judge Alex McGimpsey handed down the sentence. The State had asked for a sentence of fourteen years. On December 4, 2019, Chambers entered a plea of guilty to one count of Vehicular Hijacking, a Class 1 Felony. Chambers has been held in custody since December 14, 2018 at the DuPage County Jail on a bond of $500,000 with 10% to apply.

            On December 13, 2018, at approximately 9:07 p.m., Chambers approached an occupied vehicle parked outside the Target store located on County Farm Road in Wheaton. Chambers repeatedly knocked on the window of the car and the occupant of the car eventually opened the door at which time Chambers pulled the door open and threatened the occupant who then left the vehicle. Chambers entered the vehicle and fled the scene in the victim’s car. An investigation conducted by the Wheaton Police Department led to Chambers who was taken into custody from a home in Chicago without incident. 

            “For the second time this week, a DuPage County judge sentenced a defendant to prison for hijacking an innocent victim’s car,” Berlin said. “This afternoon, it was Demarion Chambers who received an eight-year sentence for stealing a woman’s car from a department store parking lot. As with the previous case, we are grateful that no one was injured during the commission of this crime. And as with the previous case, a finding of guilty and the resulting sentence sends 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 Demarion Chambers as a suspect in this case. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Nicole Wilkes-English and Adam Frahm for their efforts in preparing a strong case against Demarion Chambers which ultimately led to a guilty plea and today’s sentencing.”             

            Chambers will be required to serve 50% of the sentence before being eligible for parole.