DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Hinsdale Chief of Police Brian King announced Tuesday, September 28, 2021 that bond has been set for a Chicago suspect accused of leading Illinois State Troopers and Hinsdale police officers on a high-speed chase while driving a stolen vehicle. Kevonta Robinson, 19 (d.o.b. 6/19/2002) with a last known address in the block of 5500 West Le Moyne Street, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Margaret O’Connell set bond at $1 million with 10% to apply. Robinson has been charged with two counts of Armed Violence with a Handgun (Class X Felony) one Count of Aggravated Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 1 Felony), one count of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Felony), one count of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding (Class 4 Felony), one count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Class 4 Felony) and one count of Burglary (Class 2 Felony).
On September 27, 2021, at approximately 3:42 p.m., an Illinois State Trooper observed a 2016 Honda CRV traveling westbound on I-290 near Mannheim Road at a high rate of speed on the shoulder. While observing the vehicle, the trooper learned that the Honda was allegedly carjacked out of Cook County earlier that day and was involved in two armed robberies. In an attempt to stop the vehicle, the trooper activated his emergency lights and sirens. Allegedly the driver of the vehicle, later determined to be Kevonta Robinson, ignored the troopers attempts to pull him over and continued to drive. Robinson eventually exited the expressway system on the southbound I-294 ramp to westbound Ogden Avenue leading into DuPage County. Allegedly while driving on Ogden Avenue, the Robinson drove the Honda drove into oncoming traffic and disobeyed the red light at Ogden Avenue and Oak Street. Allegedly Robinson continued to drive the Honda southbound on Oak Street and came to a stop near Oak Street and Fuller Road where the defendant exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The defendant ran through a residential area and briefly paused in a resident’s backyard before he was apprehended while hiding in a detached residential garage on Oak Street. Through the course of their investigation, police recovered a loaded Beretta 9 mm pistol with one bullet in the chamber in the backyard where the defendant had allegedly paused during the foot pursuit.
“The allegation that Mr. Robinson led police on a car chase in the middle of the afternoon just blocks from a grammar school is unconscionable,” Berlin said. “What’s even more disturbing, if that’s even possible, is the allegation that this defendant then ran from the police through a residential neighborhood, again in the middle of the afternoon, with a loaded weapon. The unprecedented levels of violence we have seen recently in DuPage County, such as alleged in this case, will not be tolerated and will be met with the full force and effect of the law. I thank the Illinois State Police as well as the Hinsdale Police Department for their efforts which led to the apprehension of Mr. Robinson. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Nicole Wilkes-English and Kelly McKay for their work in preparing a strong case against this defendant.”
“We appreciate the effort of our partner law enforcement agencies that assisted with Mr. Robinson’s arrest, and we would especially like to thank DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin for his commitment to Public safety in DuPage County,” King said.
Robinson’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 21, 2021, in front of Judge O’Connell for arraignment.
If found guilty of the most serious offense, Robinson, who is currently on juvenile parole, faces a penalty of between fifteen to thirty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. 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.
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