DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser announced today, Wednesday, December 15, 2021 that a jury has found Justin Dalcollo, age 37, with a last known address in Nicholasville, Kentucky, guilty of the abduction, sexual assault and armed robbery of a female college student in March 2019. The jury returned their verdict after deliberating for approximately two hours following a five-day-long trial in front of Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh. In all, the jury found Dalcollo guilty of six counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault (Class X Felony), one count of Armed Robbery (Class X Felony), one count of Aggravated Kidnapping (Class X Felony) and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon (Class 2 Felony).
On March 22, 2019, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the victim, who was home from college on spring break, was getting into her car in the parking lot at Bloomingdale Court Mall, 344 W. Army Trail Road in Bloomingdale, when Dalcollo approached her and forced his way into her car at gunpoint. Dalcollo then ordered the woman to drive to a bank in Glendale Heights and forced her to withdraw $300 from her debit card for him. He then forced her to drive to numerous locations in Hanover Park and Bartlett ultimately parking the car in a parking garage at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin where Dalcollo sexually assaulted her. Following the sexual assault, Dalcollo ordered the victim to drive to a convenience store in Elgin and accompany him as he went inside. He then ordered the woman to call a cab for him from her cell phone and drive him to the Elgin train station, where the cab picked him up. The victim then went to a hospital where she reported the sexual assault. An investigation led by the Bloomingdale Police Department, with assistance from other agencies, led to Dalcollo who was taken into custody the following day in Chicago. On March 25, 2019, Dalcollo appeared in Bond Court where Judge George Bakalis denied bail. He has been held in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time.
The jury’s verdict in this case confirms what we have been known all along, that Justin Dalcollo abducted, sexually assaulted and robbed at gunpoint an innocent young woman who had returned home from school to enjoy spring break with family and friends,” Berlin said. “But instead of enjoying her time at home, the victim was terrorized, physically and emotionally, by Mr. Dalcollo. I commend the victim in this case for the incredible strength and courage she showed in facing her attacker in open court. I thank Judge O’Hallaren Walsh for ensuring a fair trial for both sides. I also thank DuPage County Assistant State’s Attorneys Jim Scaliatine and Jaclyn McAndrew as well as Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Lori Schmidt for the work they have put in to ensure that Mr. Dalcollo be held responsible for his actions.”
“Kane County ASA Lori Schmidt was appointed a special prosecutor to follow the case from Kane County to DuPage County because the crime occurred in both counties,” Mosser said. “The combined efforts of our two offices ensures that this survivor received justice and that this violent and dangerous offender is being held to account for his criminal behavior. I hope our work helps the survivor move forward to a place of safety. My thanks to the police who investigated this matter and to ASA Schmidt and the prosecutors of the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for helping this victim become a survivor.”
Dalcollo’s next court appearance is scheduled for January 7, 2022, for return of the Pre-sentence Report. He faces a sentence of up to 135 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The successful prosecution of Dalcollo was the result of a joint effort between the Kane County and DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Offices.
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