Bond set at $2 million for men charged in Villa Park carjacking

Bond was set at $2 million Thursday for two Chicago men charged with carjacking a 35-year-old Villa Park woman at gunpoint.

Kentrell Strong, 18, of the 7800 block of South Essex Ave., and Rayshawn Marshall, 18, of the 1800 block of South Lawndale Ave., have been charged with one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking and one count of aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

On Sept. 21, at 1:54 a.m., Villa Park police responded to a call on Ardmore Avenue regarding a carjacking. An investigation revealed that the victim was sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, which was parked in her driveway, when two male subjects, wearing hoodies and face masks, allegedly approached the vehicle, according to a DuPage Coutny State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

One of the men allegedly asked the victim the time of day before he opened her car door and began to pull her out of the vehicle. The second maln subject allegedly pointed a gun at her face. The two men allegedly pulled the victim out of the car and drove off in it.

Elmhurst police saw the Jeep Cherokee on North Avenue and attempted to stop it. The offenders refused to stop and continued driving at a high rate of speed onto I-290 eastbound. Police officers from multiple agencies responded and helped chase the victim’s car. The offenders got off I-290 on the 25th Avenue ramp and crashed the car before fleeing on foot. Both men were arrested by Broadview police approximately 500 yards from the victim’s car.

“The charges and $2 million bail in this case once again sends a loud and clear message that in DuPage County, we will not put up with this type of random, violent behavior,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release.

“The swift apprehension of these two men demonstrates DuPage County law enforcement’s commitment to public safety and sends the message that in DuPage County if you commit the type of violent crime alleged in this case you will be caught and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Berlin added.

If found guilty, Strong and Marshall face between 21 and 45 years in prison.

The next court appearance for Marshall is scheduled for Oct. 20. Strong’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 21.