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Crime & Courts

Police: Victim run over during Wheaton armed robbery

4 suspects charged in July 21 incident

WHEATON – Four suspects have been charged following an alleged armed robbery July 21 near Butterfield Road and East Loop Drive in Wheaton.

Ellihue S. Graves, 18, of the 2300 block of West Sixth Avenue, Gary, Ind.; Marsalis C. Smith, 19, of the 1600 block of Westminister Drive, Naperville; and Cortez M. Jackson, 19, of the 12300 block of Maple Avenue, Blue Island, along with a juvenile suspect, have been charged with armed robbery. Jackson also was charged with aggravated reckless driving.

The Wheaton Police Department responded to the alleged armed robbery at about 6:30 p.m. July 21, according to a news release from the city of Wheaton. The victim allegedly was robbed inside a vehicle by Graves, Smith, Jackson and the juvenile, the release stated.

It is alleged the victim subsequently was pushed from the vehicle and run over, which resulted in a serious leg injury, according to the release.

The Wheaton Police Department, with the assistance of the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and Glen Ellyn Police Department, conducted an investigation over the next 72 hours that resulted in the apprehension of the alleged offenders and the recovery of firearms, the release stated.

Graves and Jackson are being held in the DuPage County Jail on a $10,000 bond, and Smith is being held in the DuPage County Jail on a $50,000 bond, according to the release. The juvenile suspect was transferred to the Kane County Youth Home.

In a statement, the Wheaton Police Department thanked the witnesses who provided "critical information" during the initial stages of the investigation. Anyone who witnessed or has information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Detective Lt. Bill Cooley at 630-260-2077.

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