DuPage County State’s Attorney
Robert Berlin and Addison Director of Police Bill Hayden announced today that
bond has been denied for one of two men accused of hijacking at gunpoint a Chevy
Camaro from a man late Monday night and robbing an Addison gas station at
gunpoint on March 29, 2020. James T. Kimbrough, 22 (d.o.b. 9/19/1997) of 714 E.
147th Street, Dolton, appeared in Bond Court this morning where
Judge Jeffrey MacKay denied bond. The second defendant, Malik Pierre-Louis, 23
(d.o.b. 8/10/1996) of 991 East Lake Street, Addison, is scheduled to appear in
Bond Court tomorrow morning. Both men
have been charged with one count of Aggravated
Vehicular Hijacking with a Firearm (Class X Felony) and one count of Armed
Robbery (Class X Felony).
May 11, 2020, at approximately 11:50 p.m., officers with the Addison Police
Department responded to an Aggravated
Vehicular Hijacking. It is alleged that the victim was sitting in his car outside
his residence talking on the phone when he observed a white colored Sedan drive
by slowly. It is alleged that a short while later, a man, later identified as
Kimbrough, approached the driver’s side window and asked if he could borrow the
victim’s cellular phone. The victim declined but ultimately changed his mind and
told Kimbrough he could speak using the in-car Bluetooth system. It is alleged
that after Kimbrough attempted to make three phone calls, he pointed a gun at
the victim and ordered him out of the car. It is alleged that the victim
complied at which time Kimbrough entered the car and drove off at a high rate
of speed. The victim then ran inside his residence and contacted the police. An
investigation into the matter led authorities to a gas station on Archer Avenue
in Summit. It is alleged that as the Darien Police Department and the Illinois
State Police attempted a felony stop on the vehicle, the driver of the car,
later identified as Pierre-Louis, allegedly attempted to flee the scene as
Kimbrough was attempting to enter the vehicle. It is further alleged that at
this time the vehicle was disabled using OnStar and that Pierre-Louis exited
the vehicle and fled on foot while Kimbrough got into the driver’s seat of the
vehicle. Kimbrough was taken into custody at this time. Officers recovered a
firearm from the vehicle. Pierre-Louis was taken into custody the following day
from a hotel in Addison.
March 29, 2020, at approximately 2:45 a.m., the Addison Police Department responded
to a call regarding an armed robbery at a Marathon Gas Station. Through the
course of their investigation, officers learned that two masked men, later
identified as Kimbrough and Pierre-Louis, allegedly attempted to force their
way into the secured booth where the clerk was working. It is alleged that
Pierre-Louis took out a black handgun and fired a round through the protective glass.
It is further alleged that Kimbrough and Pierre-Louis then kicked their way into
the secured area where the clerk was and stole money and Swisher Sweet cigars.
It is alleged that the two men then fled the scene.
Mr. Kimbrough and Mr. Pierre-Louis allegedly thought they could take advantage
of the current health crisis to terrorize Addison,” Berlin said. “They could
not have been further from the truth. It is trying times such as these where
law enforcement in DuPage County shines and shows what it truly means to serve
and protect. The quick apprehension of these two defendants should make this
crystal clear to anyone even thinking about committing a crime in DuPage County.
Thanks to the exceptional work of the Addison Police Department, what appears
to be the beginning of a two-man crime spree was quickly snuffed out. I would
like to thank the Darien Police Department and the Illinois State Police for their
outstanding cooperative efforts on this case. I would also like to thank
Assistant State’s Attorneys Kristin Sullivan and Anthony Pasquini for their work
in securing charges against these two defendants.”
“I am extremely proud of the dedication and
professionalism exhibited by our officers who worked this case,” Hayden said. “The
quick identification and apprehension of the two suspects is a testament to our
ongoing commitment to the safety and security of Addison residents. I thank the
Darien Police Department and the Illinois State Police for their assistance as
well as the State’s Attorney’s Office for their legal guidance.”
next court appearance is scheduled for June 11, 2020, for arraignment in front
of Judge George Bakalis.
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.