$200,000 Bond Set for Addison Resident Accused of Arson at BMW Dealership in Elmhurst

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Dario Salas, charged with Arson (SOURCE: DuPage County State's Attorney's Office)
Dario Salas, charged with Arson (SOURCE: DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office).

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael Ruth announced Thursday, April 14, 2022 that bond has been set for an Addison man accused of setting fire to a vehicle in the parking lot of an Elmhurst Car Dealership. Dario Salas, age 40 of the block of 100 Michael Lane, appeared at a bond hearing Thursday morning where Judge John Kinsella set bond at $200,000 with 10% to apply. Salas has been charged with two counts of Arson, a Class 2 Felony.

On Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at approximately 1:14 a.m., Elmhurst police officers and firefighters responded to the Elmhurst BMW car dealership located at 500 W. Lake Street for a report of a vehicle on fire in the west parking lot. Upon their arrival, officers found a black Audi on fire. The Elmhurst Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the fire. Allegedly, on April 13, at approximately 1 a.m., an individual, later identified as Salas, entered the BMW parking lot from the northwest corner and approached the Audi vehicles parked in the west parking lot. Allegedly Salas then poured gasoline on the vehicle, set the vehicle on fire and then left the parking lot. An investigation into the matter led authorities to Salas who was taken into custody by Elmhurst officers following a traffic stop in Addison less than two hours later.

“It is alleged that at approximately 1:15 a.m. yesterday morning, Mr. Salas intentionally set fire to an Audi located at the Elmhurst BMW car dealership. Thankfully, the Elmhurst Fire Department was able to contain the fire to the Audi with just the two vehicles on each side of the Audi sustaining some damage. I commend the Elmhurst Police Department for their outstanding work in identifying the fire as intentional and for their work in not only identifying Mr. Salas as the man who allegedly started the fire, but also for their extremely quick apprehension of the defendant. I thank Assistant State’s Attorney Alyssa Rabulinski for her efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Salas.”

— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin

Salas’ next court appearance is scheduled for May 11, 2022, for arraignment in front of Judge Kinsella.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.



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