Alleged Getaway Driver Captured in Getaway Car in Fullersburg Woods
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Oak Brook Chief of Police Brian Strockis announced that bond was set Monday morning, January 16, 2023 for a South American immigrant charged with breaking into an Oak Brook home late last week. Anibal Miller-Valencia, age 21, appeared at a bond hearing Monday, January 16, 2023 where Judge Joseph Bugos set bond at $1.5 million with 10% to apply. Miller-Valencia has been charged with one count of Home Invasion (Class X Felony) and one count of Residential Burglary (Class 1 Felony). If convicted, he faces a penalty of between six to thirty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
On January 13, 2023, at approximately 6:38 p.m., officers with the Oak Brook Police Department responded to a call of a home invasion on Luthin Road. Upon their arrival, officers spoke to a female juvenile who was home alone at the time of the incident. Following an investigation into the matter, it is alleged Miller-Valencia and two unknown accomplices drove to a nearby forest preserve parking lot and parked their car. Allegedly, the two unknown accomplices left the vehicle while Miller-Valencia waited behind. At approximately 6:31 p.m., Miller-Valencia’s unknown accomplices then went to the home on Luthin Road, broke a rear glass door and entered the home. Allegedly, while the accomplices were in the home, the juvenile hid behind a door and that after a short time, the two individuals fled into a nearby wooded area. While investigating the incident, officers found Miller-Valencia in the forest preserve parking lot seated in the driver’s seat of the car with the car running. He was arrested and taken into custody.
“I can’t imagine the terror this young victim must have felt when she heard glass breaking and unknown voices in her house while she was home alone. Everyone has a right to feel safe in their own home, but for this young victim, that sense of safety has now been shattered. The type of violent behavior alleged in this case also has a crippling effect on the entire community. Thanks to the quick response of the Oak Brook Police Department, one of the individuals suspected in this case is now in custody and if found guilty is facing a significant amount of time behind bars. I thank the Oak Brook Police Department for their outstanding work on this case as well as the multitude of other agencies that assisted. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Helen Kapas, Alyssa Rabulinski and Thomas Elsner for their efforts in assisting with the investigation and preparing a strong case against Mr. Miller-Valencia.”
— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin
“Oak Brook Police Officers work diligently on a daily basis to keep our community safe. A person’s home should be their safe haven and this incident violated that space. I’m incredibly proud of our response to this incident and coordinated efforts of twenty-one other police agencies that responded to assist. I’d like to thank all the agencies that responded with officers, drones, K-9’s and a helicopter, the response was quick and impressive. I’d also like to thank our detectives who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend with State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and his office to secure charges.”
— Oak Brook Chief of Police Brian Strockis
Miller-Valencia’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 6, 2023, for arraignment in front of Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh.
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.
— DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office
Initially, there was no confirmation whether Anibal Miller-Valencia was a documented or undocumented migrant from South America. Anibal Miller-Valencia is believed to have arrived in the United States in Miami, Florida from Chile earlier in January 2023. According to the Migration Policy Institute, South American immigrants in the United States represented close to 8 percent of the 44.9 million foreign born in the United States in 2019, up from 1 percent in 1960. South American immigrants account for a fraction of all immigrants from Latin America, with populations from Mexico and Central America significantly larger. South American immigrants in the United States from Chile in 2019 were calculated at 94,000 in 2019. The top three immigrant counts from South American countries are Colombia (808,000), Brazil (502,000), and Venezuela (465,000).
Home invaders ransacked a home in Oak Brook over the weekend, taking valuables while a teenage girl was still at home. YouTube Tips ⓘ
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