Bond was set at $100,000 Aug. 28 for a Chicago man accused of attempting to burglarize an Elmhurst residence while in possession of a stolen car.
Ivan Mendez, 22, of the 1300 block of N Lorel Ave., is charged with one count of attempted burglary, one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and other misdemeanor charges including resisting arrest. He is currently on parole having been released from the Illinois Department of Corrections five weeks ago, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.
The state had asked for bond of $750,000.
Elmhurst police officers were dispatched at about 1:20 a.m. Aug. 26 to the 800 block of Washington Street regarding a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway. Upon their arrival, officers learned that the vehicle in question, a Nissan Rogue SUV, was reported stolen several weeks earlier, the release stated.
It is alleged that at approximately 1:34 a.m., an Elmhurst police officer observed a man walking out of a backyard on Van Buren Street near the Nissan. The officer attempted to make contact with the man, later identified as Mendez, but Mendez ran from the officer.
An investigation alleges that Mendez drove the stolen vehicle to the Washington Street address and attempted to enter the garage of a home located in the 100 block of West Van Buren Street. At approximately 8 a.m. the same day, an Elmhurst police officer observed a man matching the description of the suspect in the Van Buren Street attempted burglary walking westbound on St. Charles Road, according to the release.
The officer attempted to make contact with the man, later identified as Mendez, but Mendez ran from the officer and was eventually located in a garage on Elm Street in Villa Park and taken into custody.
“It is alleged that in the middle of the night, a man who was paroled only five weeks ago attempted to break into the garage of a residence while in possession of a stolen vehicle and then fled from police,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “These allegations are extremely serious and will not be tolerated in DuPage County. Any action that violates the sanctity of a person’s home, which includes their garage, is unacceptable and will be met with the full force of the law.”
Mendez’s next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 20 for arraignment.