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Downers Grove men charged in Downers Grove and Westmont armed robberies

DOWNERS GROVE – Three Downers Grove men are facing armed robbery charges after allegedly robbing a Downers Grove woman of her cell phone Sunday and a Westmont man of his wallet Saturday, the Downers Grove and Westmont police department's announced Wednesday.

Jamarrion King, 17, Devonte Miles, 18, and Tallen Patrick Casey, 20, have all been charged with armed robbery, Class X felonies, in connection with the incidents.

Wednesday's charges stem from allegations that at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, the armed men approached the female victim in the driveway of her home 4100 block of Sterling Road in Downers Grove.

The victim told police she was approached by two individuals armed with handguns. During a brief struggle, the victim was struck in the head by one suspect, while the other suspect took her cell phone.

Casey also faces an additional charge for allegedly robbing a man of his wallet 10 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot near the intersection of 67th Street and Cedar Lane in Westmont.

An investigation initiated by the Downers Grove and Westmont Police Departments, with assistance from the State’s Attorney’s Office, led to the apprehension of the men.

All three men appeared in bond court Wednesday morning where Judge Karen Wilson set bond at $300,000 with 10 percent to apply for King and Casey, and $400,000 with 10 percent to apply for Miles.

“I am extremely proud of the phenomenal teamwork exhibited by the various law enforcement agencies involved in this case,” Downers Grove Police Chief Robert Porter said in a press release. “This was a very dangerous situation placing the public at risk. It was the quick and pro-active law enforcement response that resulted in the successful apprehension of three dangerous individuals. I would like to thank the State’s Attorney’s Office for their assistance.”

The next appearance for all three men is scheduled for June 9 in front of Judge John Kinsella for arraignment.

It was unclear if the men are also suspects in an armed robbery that took place at 2 a.m. Saturday. In that incident, Downers Grove Police responded to a report of an attempted armed robbery at Sybaris, 600 Ogden Ave. The victim told police a man wearing a white handkerchief over his face unsuccessfully attempted to force his way into the victim’s room.

The suspect displayed a small handgun during a brief struggle, and then left the area on foot, according to police. The suspect is described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, with dark skin, wearing blue jeans and a dark coat.

Downers Grove and Westmont police said they do not believe the three men charged Wednesday are responsible for a string of burglaries in Woodridge in late April.

The suspect in the Woodridge incidents was described as male Hispanic, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 with a medium build and in his late teens to early 20s. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans, a black baseball hat with a red bill and his face was covered with a bandana.

The first incident occurred around 1:05 p.m. April 24, when a man approached a van in the parking lot of Jewel, 2317 W. 75th St., Woodridge, and robbed a woman, threatening her with a "large butcher's knife," police said.

Then, around 6:15 p.m. April 27, a man approached a vehicle in the 2600 block of Forest Drive, displayed a black handgun and robbed victims of cash, a cellphone, a debit card and a GPS unit before fleeing eastbound on foot, police said.

The third incident occurred the afternoon of April 28 when a male offender carrying a small handgun robbed a woman walking in the 7700 block of Janes Avenue.

All three incidents occurred within a half-mile of each other and during daylight. None of the victims were harmed.

Woodridge police said they have stepped up patrols in the area and have asked the community to report any suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1.

Ryan Terrell contributed to this story.

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