DeKalb man found guilty of attempted armed robbery during first jury trial in 16 months

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man has been found guilty of attempted armed robbery in the county’s first jury trial in 16 months at the DeKalb County Courthouse.

On Tuesday, The jury found Darryl Jackson, 52, of the 300 block of Gurler Street, DeKalb, guilty of attempted armed robbery, Class 1 felony, as well as of aggravated assault, a Class A misdemeanor, according to a news release from the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office.

DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorneys Scott Schwertley and Alicia Caplan presented evidence that the morning of Aug. 7, 2019, Jackson entered the Fifth Third Bank in the 2700 block of Sycamore Road, DeKalb, to speak with a teller about his account. It was the third time in a week that Jackson had demanded money from his account and was told that the account had been closed since July 2018 and had no money in it. Jackson accused bank employees of taking $15,000 from him, took out a chef’s knife and demanded money multiple times. He continued to hold the knife and demand money until police arrived. Police found two steak knives in his pocket.

“This was the first jury trial conducted in DeKalb County since the second week of March 2020, just before the pandemic prompted us to restrict access to the courts,” DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato said in a statement. “It is great for our community that we are back doing jury trials and ensuring justice is served for all. My thanks to ASAs Schwertley and Caplan for their work on this case and to the DeKalb Police Department for the investigation.”

DeKalb County Circuit Court Judge Philip Montgomery set Jackson’s next court appearance at Sept. 28 for motions and sentencing.

Kelsey Rettke

Kelsey Rettke

Kelsey Rettke is the editor of the Daily Chronicle, part of Shaw Media and DeKalb County's only daily newspaper devoted to local news, crime and courts, government, business, sports and community coverage. Kelsey also covers breaking news for Shaw Media Local News Network.