Thursday, April 2, 2020
Bond Set for West Chicago Man Charged with Hijacking Vehicle at Knifepoint
DuPage County State’s
Attorney Robert Berlin and West Chicago Chief of Police Michael Uplegger announced
today that bond has been set for a West Chicago man accused of hijacking a sixty-two-year-old
man’s car at knifepoint. Moises Patino-Romero, 25 (d.o.b. 2/11/1995) of 103 E.
Geneva Street, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Alex McGimpsey
set bond at $300,000 with 10% to apply. Patino-Romero has been charged with two
counts of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking, a Class X Felony.
approximately 12:08 p.m., on March 31, 2020, the victim went to a local store
and left his vehicle unlocked in the parking lot while he went inside. The
victim returned to his vehicle and drove away while speaking to someone on the
phone. It is alleged while the victim drove, Patino-Romero appeared behind him from the backseat,
reached around and held the knife in front of his face. It is further alleged
that Patino-Romero told his victim something to the effect of "tell him you'll call him back." It
is alleged that the victim then jumped out of the car, ran away and contacted
the police from another phone. An investigation conducted by the West Chicago
Police Department led to Patino-Romero who was apprehended approximately
twenty-four hours later. At the time of his arrest, Patino-Romero was on a recognizance
bond for a Criminal Trespass to Residence in the early morning hours of the
same day. That charge has since been upgraded to Residential Burglary, a Class
1 Felony. He was released from custody on March 31, 2020 at approximately 11:45
a.m. in that case. It is alleged that he committed the current offense
approximately twenty-five minutes after his release. The bond set this morning
by Judge McGimpsey is for both of Patino-Romero’s cases.
“The allegations against
Mr. Patino-Romero are outrageous,” Berlin said. “This type of violent behavior,
particularly in consideration of the current stay-at-home order, will not be
tolerated in DuPage County and will be met with the full force of the law. What
I find particularly troubling is the fact that Mr. Patino-Romero was just
released from custody less than half an hour before he allegedly committed this
crime. Thankfully, the victim in this case was not physically harmed. I would
like to thank the West Chicago Police Department for their outstanding work in
identifying and apprehending the defendant in this case. I would also like to
thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Heather Misura and Alyssa Rabulinski for their
efforts in securing charges against Mr. Patino-Romero.”
would like to thank the officers of the West Chicago Police Department and the
DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work on this case,” Uplegger said.
“I am extremely proud of the work the men and women of the West Chicago Police Department
do on a daily basis so that individuals such as Moises Patino-Romero are held
accountable for their crimes.”
next court appearance is scheduled for April 27, 2020 for arraignment in front
of Judge George Bakalis.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint
contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A
defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is
the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.