DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Oakbrook Terrace Chief of Police Casey Calvello announced Monday, December 4, 2023 that Judge Joshua Dieden granted the State’s Motion to deny pre-trial release for a Naperville woman accused of murdering Calvin Truitt Saturday night, December 2, 2023 at an Oakbrook Terrace hotel. Latrice Phillips, age 51, of the block of 1400 Normantown Road, appeared in First Appearance Court Monday afternoon charged with one count of First-Degree Murder.
Oakbrook Terrace police officers responded on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at approximately 8:15 p.m., to a call of shots fired at the Hilton Suites, located at 10 Drury Lane. Upon their arrival, officers found the victim, Calvin Truitt, with two gunshot wounds to his back/side area. Truitt was immediately transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital where he passed away as a result of his injuries. Following an investigation into the shooting, allegedly Phillips got into a verbal altercation with a person among a group of people whom she knew, including Truitt, at the hotel pool. Truitt and his group left the pool area and got on an elevator. Allegedly, Phillips followed the group when they left the pool area and got on the elevator with them, and when the elevator doors opened on the seventh floor, a fight broke out at which time Phillips pulled out a handgun and fired three times, striking Truitt. Allegedly, after the shooting, Phillips left the scene and returned to her hotel room. She was taken into custody a short time later from her hotel room without incident. When processing Phillips’ hotel room, authorities recovered a Taurus 9 mm handgun in a holster from Phillips’ waistband.
“The allegations that Ms. Phillips followed Mr. Truitt and others into a hotel elevator as they walked away from a verbal altercation and then shot and killed Mr. Truitt as they exited the elevator in a crowded hotel during the busy holiday season are shocking and will be met with the full force of the law. In DuPage County, we do not tolerate any type of gun violence. I commend the Oakbrook Terrace Police Department for their prompt response and thorough investigation that allowed us to file first degree murder charges within twenty-four hours of the murder. I also thank investigators from the DuPage M.E.R.I.T. Major Crimes Unit for their assistance in this investigation. To the family and friends of Mr. Truitt, I offer my sincerest condolences as they mourn this senseless loss of life. I thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Nicholas Catizone and Anthony Raimondi for their efforts in securing charges against Ms. Phillips for the murder of Calvin Truitt.”
— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin
“I would like to thank the men and women in law enforcement for their heroism in responding to an active shooter. Within minutes the officers had administered first aid to the victim, secured a 10-story building to ensure the safety of others, and then apprehended the suspect. The quick actions of the officers are a shining example of law enforcement working together with the help from the State’s Attorney’s office to successfully charge the suspect with first-degree murder. I would like to thank the brave men and women in law enforcement for their service and ongoing efforts to keep our communities safe.”
— Oakbrook Terrace Chief of Police Casey Calvello
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
Phillips’ next court appearance is scheduled for January 4, 2024, for arraignment in front of Judge Daniel Guerin.
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