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Crime & Courts

Woman charged in 2013 Villa Park armed robbery

VILLA PARK – Police have arrested a fifth person in connection with a 2013 armed robbery in Villa Park.

Toni M. Gipson, 33, of the 3100 block of South Throop Street, Chicago, is being held on $500,000 bond in DuPage County Jail after being charged with home invasion involving a firearm, according to a police news release.

In July 2014, Villa Park Police detectives received additional information regarding the female suspect involved in the armed robbery. When Villa Park police, with the assistance of Chicago police, located Gipson at her Chicago home, she attempted to flee out a rear door of the residence but was stopped and arrested by officers, the release said.

Gipson and four men allegedly robbed two men after restraining them along with the aunt of one of the men, in the bedroom of a Villa Park apartment in the 700 Block of West Roy Drive.

The man who lived in the apartment told police he called for a female escort prior to the robbery. At about 2:30 p.m. February 12, 2013, Gipson and four men arrived at the apartment. One of the victims told police at least one robber was armed with a gun and a knife, according to a 2013 police news release.

A second man, a friend of the first victim, arrived followed eventually by the aunt who also lived at the apartment. The robbers restrained them in the bedroom as well, the release said.

The men told police the robbers stole their cash and credit cards, then held them for about four hours while two of the robbers left to obtain cash from their credit and debit cards, the release said.

The robbers reportedly struck one of the men several times and cut him with a knife near his toe because he couldn't remember his debit card PIN number, the release said.

The robbers also stole a flat screen TV, two guitars, a PlayStation with games as well as other items from the apartment before leaving in a van belonging to the visiting man, according to the release.

Detectives found video of two of the robbers using the stolen credit cards at a Mobile Gas Station on North Avenue in Villa Park. Police said they were also able to identify a second vehicle used by the robbers.

Detectives located the car and three of the robbers parked at a Chicago McDonald's and arrested them before identifying a the fourth male robber and arresting him at his home in the 3400 block of South Wallace, Chicago, in February 2013, according to the release.

Jaime L Aguirre, 22, of Highland Park, Darwin Amador-Velasquez, 29, of Chicago, Frederico Garcia, 26, of Chicago, and Sabas G. Torres, 27, of Chicago, were all charged with home invasion, armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping. Torres was additionally charged with possession of stolen motor vehicle, the release said.

Detectives also recovered some of the stolen property, but the stolen vehicle had been taken to a scrap yard in Chicago, according to the release.

Aguirre is serving a 22-year sentence at Hill Correctional Center and Amador-Velasquez is serving a 24-year sentence at Dixon Correctional Center for the armed home invasion. Amador-Velasquez was also convicted of aggravated battery/use of a deadly weapon in Cook County, according to Illinois Department of Correction records.

Torres and Garcia are both being held in DuPage County Jail, according to DuPage County Sheriff's Office records.

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