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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Bond Set for Three Charged With Stealing Merchandise From DuPage County Retailers/Leading Police on High-Speed Chase

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that bond has been set for three individuals accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from two DuPage County retailers. Victor Williams, 30 (d.o.b. 7/1/1989) of 2620 E. 77th Street, Chicago, Joshlyn Allen, 19 (d.o.b. 6/2/2000) of 7654 S. Yates. Blvd, Chicago, and Emiaya Shannon, 22 (d.o.b. 9/16/1997) of 562 W. 77th Avenue, Merrillville, Indiana, appeared in Bond Court yesterday where Judge Anthony Coco set bond at $350,000 with 10% to apply for Williams and $50,000 with 10% to apply for Allen and Shannon. All three defendants face multiple Felony Burglary and Retail Theft charges. In addition, Williams faces one count of Fleeing and Eluding while Allen faces one count of Fugitive from Justice out of Jackson County, Missouri.

It is alleged that on February 15, 2020, at approximately 4:51 p.m., the three defendants entered the Ulta Beauty store located at 112 Danada Square, Wheaton, and stole approximately $4,000 worth of merchandise, including multiple bottles of cologne and perfume. It is further alleged that the trio left the Ulta Beauty store with the stolen merchandise and traveled to the Kohls department store located at 310 S. Il 83 in Elmhurst. It is alleged that the trio then entered the Kohls store and stole approximately $6,000 worth of merchandise, including various items of Nike and Adidas clothing. It is alleged that the defendants left the Kohls store with the merchandise at which time Elmhurst Police officers attempted to stop their car in the Kohls parking lot. It is alleged that the vehicle, later determined to be driven by Williams, exited the Kohls parking lot by driving into oncoming traffic. It is further alleged that a high-speed car chase ensued ultimately ending in Chicago when the defendant’s car crashed into a Chicago Police Department squad car and unsuccessfully attempted to flee again following the crash. The defendants were taken into custody at this time.

 “The tremendous amount of effort and resources utilized in this case, including the use of a helicopter to locate the alleged offenders’ car, is a testament to law enforcement’s commitment to public safety,” Berlin said. “The defendants in this case quickly learned that if you commit a violent crime in DuPage County, you will be apprehended and charged in very short order. I would like to thank the Elmhurst Police Department for their work in this case as well as the Chicago Police Department for their outstanding efforts. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Helen Kapas, Alyssa Rabulinski and Anthony Pasquini for their efforts in preparing a strong case against these three defendants.”

 The next court appearance for all three defendants is scheduled for March 16, 2020, in front of Judge George Bakalis for arraignment.

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.