Crime & Courts

Two men charged in Willowbrook carjacking of elderly couple’s BMW

Two men presently in custody in Indiana on unrelated charges have been charged with carjacking an elderly couple’s 2021 BMW 840i at gunpoint from a Willowbrook gas station.

Kevin Sanders, 22, of the 300 block of Brown Street, West Lafayette, and Antonio Davis, 20, of the 8700 block of S. Burley Avenue, Chicago, have both been charged in the incident. Both men are facing charges of aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated battery and theft, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

Sanders has also been charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon while Davis is facing additional charges of armed robbery with a firearm, aggravated robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of robbery, the release stated.

On July 15, at approximately 2:47 p.m., the couple stopped at the Citgo Gas Station, located at 6900 Kingery Highway in Willowbrook. The female victim entered the store and upon her return to her vehicle, two individuals, later identified as Davis and Sanders, allegedly exited the rear doors of a stolen Dodge Durango and approached the couple’s BMW with each defendant going toward the opposite sides of the victims’ car

Sanders allegedly approached the passenger side of the vehicle carrying a long gun and allegedly shoved the female victim away from the vehicle causing bruising to her body. At the same time, Davis allegedly approached the driver’s side of the BMW, pointed a firearm at the male victim’s head and ordered him out of the vehicle.

Davis and Sanders allegedly stole personal items from the couple including cellular phones, cash, the man’s wallet and the woman’s purse. The duo then entered the victims’ car and fled the scene followed by the Durango, the release stated.

Through the course of their investigation, authorities identified Davis and Sanders as suspects in the crime. On Aug. 16, police learned that Davis and Sanders were arrested by the West Lafayette police on July 28 for armed robbery and other offenses. Both men have been in custody in Indiana since that time. On Sept. 21, DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey MacKay issued a $500,000 arrest warrant for each man.

“The allegations that these two men threatened their victims at gunpoint in the middle of the afternoon at a busy gas station are egregious and will be met with the full force and effect of the law,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release.”The filing of these charges sends the message that if you commit a crime in DuPage County, we will use all available resources to find you, charge you and return you to DuPage County if necessary, where you will face an aggressive prosecution. We are all thankful that the victims in this case were not seriously injured.”

Upon disposition of their cases in Indiana, both men will be extradited to DuPage County to face the charges against them. The state has filed petitions to deny bail for both men. The defendants are eligible for enhanced sentencing and if found guilty of the aggravated vehicular hijacking charge, will face a sentence of between 21to 45 years in prison.