Crime & Courts

Bond set for man charged in Downers Grove carjacking attempt

Bond was set at $500,000 Oct. 24 for a Chicago man accused of attempting to carjack a woman’s car from a Downers Grove gas station and stealing her cell phone.

Demario Butler, 30, of the 4300 block of West Maypole Street, has been charged with one count of attempt aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and one count of armed robbery with a firearm, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

On Sept. 30, at approximately 1:19 p.m., Downers Grove police were dispatched to the BP gas station, located at 4314 Main St., for a call of an armed robbery and attempted vehicular hijacking that had just occurred, according to the release

The victim was at the gas station when two people approached her. Butler was on the driver’s side of the vehicle, and the second individual was on the passenger side of the vehicle, the release stated.

Butler allegedly was holding a black handgun next to his face with the barrel pointed upward and demanded the victim’s car keys and cell phone. The victim gave her cell phone to Butler and then ran toward the store. Butler entered the driver’s side of the victim’s vehicle. However, Butler and the other individual were unable to start the car and exited the vehicle. Butler initially began walking toward the victim but then changed course and ran toward Ogden Avenue, the release stated.

On Oct. 22, authorities conducted a search warrant at Butler’s home at which time he was taken into custody.

“We will not stand idly by and allow the residents of DuPage County to be terrorized by violent crime, as alleged in this case,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “Make no mistake, anyone who commits a violent crime in DuPage County will be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Thankfully, the victim in this case was not physically harmed.”

Butler’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 22.