SYCAMORE – Police continued to search Wednesday for weapons used by two men who they say robbed a DeKalb cellphone store at gunpoint and led police on a high-speed chase.
Maurice T. Mullen, 23, of the first block of South East Avenue in Aurora, and Ryan N. Joyner-Pool, 26, of the 1900 block of Kevin Drive in Montgomery, appeared in court Wednesday via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County Jail. Bond was set at $1 million for each, and they were being held Wednesday in the DeKalb County Jail.
Both men are charged with armed robbery, armed violence, burglary, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated fleeing and eluding police. If convicted either of armed robbery or armed violence, each could face up to 30 years in prison.
DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney Phil Montgomery said that because a gun was involved in the robbery, the armed robbery charge carries a minimum of 20 years in prison should there be a conviction; the minimum prison term for the armed violence charge would be 15 years.
Montgomery said Mullen’s criminal history included convictions for robbery, attempted robbery, aggravated battery to a senior citizen and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. Montgomery said Joyner-Pool also had prior felony convictions.
Police were called at 11:38 a.m. Tuesday to the scene of a robbery at the AT&T store in the 2200 block of Sycamore Road. Two armed men with their faces covered entered the store and ordered employees and customers to the ground, police said.
One employee was kicked while on the ground by one of the suspects, according to court documents.
Joyner-Pool bound the hands of customers and some employees with duct tape while Mullen took two workers to the back of the store and had them put all 4G cellphones and iPhones in a bag, according to court documents.
Everyone was ordered to count to 100 while Mullen and Joyner-Pool left through the back door.
The men took about $21,000 worth of merchandise, police said. After the men left, a customer exited the store and saw Mullen and Joyner-Pool leaving the area in a tan Pontiac Grand Prix with custom rims, according to court documents.
DeKalb police located the car and a chase ensued when they tried to stop it on Sycamore Road.
The suspects’ vehicle reached a speed of more than 100 mph on Peace Road, DeKalb police Lt. Gary Spangler said.
The chase ended when the men crashed into another car at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Peace Road. Both men ran from the vehicle and were apprehended soon after. No one was injured in the crash.
Numerous cell phones taken from the store were found inside the car, Montgomery said, and a bag found nearby contained blue and white bandanas, gloves, hats and duct tape packaging.
Another bag near the car was found with clothing matching what the men were described as wearing during the robbery, according to court documents. A pair of boots was recovered that had a tread pattern similar to that of a boot print left by one of the men during the robbery.
Spangler said police were looking into whether Mullen and Joyner-Pool were responsible for similar robberies in central and northern Illinois.
The public defender’s office was appointed to represent Mullen; Joyner-Pool will be represented by Peter Gruber. Mullen will appear in court again July 31; Joyner-Pool will be in court today.