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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, April 27, 2020

Three Cook County Men Charged in Afternoon Armed Robbery

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Glen Ellyn Chief of Police Philip Norton announced today that three Cook County men have each been charged with one count of Armed Robbery with a Firearm (Class X Felony) for allegedly robbing at gunpoint THC cartridges from a man in Glen Ellyn. Semaj Jones, 19 (d.o.b. 4/4/2001) of 247 Iroquois Road, Hillside, Samuel Holland, 18 (d.o.b. 8/12/2001) of 244 Iroquois Road, Hillside and Kyeren George 19 (d.o.b. 12/8/2000) of 10431 Waterford Drive, Westchester, appeared in Bond Court this morning in front of Judge Jeffrey Mackay who set bond at $500,000 with 10% to apply for Jones and George and at $350,000 with 10% to apply for Holland.

It is alleged that the victim had arranged via Snapchat to meet on Cedar Lane in Glen Ellyn with an individual, whom he did not know, to sell THC cartridges. It is alleged that at approximately 4:06 p.m., on April 26, 2020, the victim was seated in his car at the Cedar Lane location, when a man, later identified as Jones, entered the front seat of the victim’s car and displayed a gun. It is further alleged that a second individual who was wearing a medical mask, later identified as George, approached the vehicle from the back of the driver’s side, opened the driver’s side door and pointed a gun at the back of the victim’s head. It is further alleged that Jones and George took the THC cartridges, the victim’s shoes and money and then left. It is further alleged that the two men then returned to their vehicle, allegedly driven by Holland, and fled the scene. After the alleged robbery, the victim followed the three men as they drove away. A squad car from the Glen Ellyn Police Department happened to be in the area and allegedly observed the defendant’s care driving erratically with the victim, who was on the phone with 9-1-1, following. The squad then pulled the defendant’s vehicle over. All three defendants were taken into custody at this time. Two loaded Glock 9mm handguns were allegedly recovered from the defendant’s vehicle.

“If anyone thinks that the current health crisis will in some way hamper police operations in DuPage County, the quick apprehension of these three defendants sends the message loud and clear that our law enforcement officers will continue to protect and serve the residents of DuPage County,” Berlin said. “Additionally, the bonds set by Judge MacKay also send the message that in DuPage County, alleged offenders will be held accountable for their actions. I would like to thank the Glen Ellyn and Wheaton Police Departments for their heads-up work on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Jennifer Lindt and Kelly McKay for their efforts in securing a strong prosecution against each of these defendants.”

“We appreciate the cooperation of the Wheaton Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office to help keep our communities safe,” Norton said.

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.