Bond was set at $1 million Tuesday for a Chicago man accused of leading Illinois State Troopers and Hinsdale police on a high-speed chase while driving a stolen vehicle.
Kevonta Robinson, 19, with a last known address in the 5500 block West Le Moyne Street, has been charged with two counts of armed violence with a handgun, one count of aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, one count of aggravated fleeing and eluding, one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and one count of burglary, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.
On Monday, at approximately 3:42 p.m., an Illinois State Trooper observed a 2016 Honda CRV traveling westbound on Interstate 290 near Mannheim Road at a high rate of speed driving on the shoulder.
The trooper learned that the Honda was allegedly carjacked out of Cook County earlier that day and involved in two armed robberies. It is alleged that the driver of the vehicle, later determined to be Robinson, ignored the troopers attempts to pull him over and continued to drive, eventually exiting the expressway on the southbound Interstate 294 ramp to westbound Ogden Avenue leading into DuPage County, according to the release.
While driving on Ogden Avenue, the Honda drove into oncoming traffic and disobeyed the red light at Ogden Avenue and Oak Street. It then traveled southbound on Oak Street and came to a stop near Oak Street and Fuller Road where the defendant exited the vehicle and fled on foot, the release stated.
The defendant allegedly ran through a residential area and briefly paused in a resident’s back yard before being apprehended while hiding in a detached residential garage on Oak Street. Through the course of their investigation, authorities recovered a loaded Beretta 9 mm pistol with one bullet in the chamber in the back yard where the defendant had allegedly paused during the foot pursuit, according to the release.
“The allegation that Mr. Robinson led police on a car chase in the middle of the afternoon just blocks from a grammar school is unconscionable,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “What’s even more disturbing, if that’s even possible, is the allegation that this defendant then ran from the police through a residential neighborhood, again in the middle of the afternoon, with a loaded weapon. The unprecedented levels of violence we have seen recently in DuPage County, such as alleged in this case, will not be tolerated and will be met with the full force and effect of the law.”
Robinson’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 21 for arraignment.
If found guilty of the most serious offense, Robinson, who is currently on juvenile parole, faces a penalty of between 15 to 30 years in prison.