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Alleged gunman in DeKalb robbery at large

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 1:55 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 2:36 p.m. CDT
Desmond Hunt, 22, of Matteson, is accused of armed robbery.
Mariah Romero, 21, of DeKalb, is accused of armed robbery.

DeKALB – Police are searching for the 22-year-old Matteson man accused of hitting a woman in the face with a pistol while he robbed her and a coworker last week.

An arrest warrant has been issued charging Desmond L. Hunt, of the 3000 block of 214th Place, with being a felon in possession of a weapon, aggravated battery, carrying a concealed weapon and two counts of armed robbery. The most serious charges, armed robbery, are punishable with between six and 30 years in prison.

Hunt is on parole for a previous robbery in Cook County, said John Petragallo, DeKalb police commander. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the DeKalb Police Department at 815-748-8400.

Hunt went into University Heights' office about 4 p.m. Wednesday, pointed a gun at two employees there and demanded money, court records show. When the women told him they didn't have access to the safe, he hit one with a pistol hard enough to knock her to the floor and bruise her face, court records show. He stole a purse from one woman and a cellphone from the other, court records show.

Later, police found Mariah N. Romero, 21, in the second-floor hallway of University Heights, 1120 Varsity Boulevard. Romero, who is a resident of the building, told police she had discussed to robbery with Hunt, her boyfriend, and told him who was in the office, court records show. Police found a gun and the stolen items in her apartment, court records show.

Romero was charged with aggravated battery, obstructing justice, possession of marijuana and two counts of armed robbery, court records show. She was appointed a public defender Friday and is next due in court Thursday. She remained in DeKalb County Jail on Monday unable to post 10 percent of her $103,000 bond.

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