Crime & Courts

Bond set at $450,000 for second man charged in Downers Grove attempted carjacking

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Bond was set at $450,000 Thursday for the second of two Chicago men accused of attempting to carjack a woman’s car from a Downers Grove gas station and robbing her of her cell phone.

Pierre Baugh, 23, of the 7000 block of South Dante Avenue, 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.

Baugh’s co-defendant, Demario Butler, 30, of the 4300 block of West Maypole Avenue, Chicago, is facing the same charges. Butler appeared Oct. 25 in bond court where bond was set at $500,000.

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.

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

The victim allegedly gave her cell phone to Butler and ran toward the store. Butler then entered the victim’s vehicle, and Baugh pulled on the door handle of the passenger side of the car. Butler was unable to start the car and exited the vehicle, and the two men fled.

Butler was arrested Oct. 22 when police conducted a search warrant at his house. Baugh was taken into custody on Nov. 2 from his house in Chicago.

“The apprehension of these two defendants sends the message that this type of random violent crime, that terrorizes our citizens and destroys communities, will not be tolerated in DuPage County and will be aggressively prosecuted,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release.

Baugh’s next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 1 for arraignment. Butler’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 22 for arraignment.