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Crime & Courts

Suspect captured in University Heights armed robbery

Desmond L. Hunt
Desmond L. Hunt

DeKALB – U.S. marshals found a 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.

They arrested Desmond L. Hunt, of the 3000 block of 214th Place, without incident Thursday in Steger, DeKalb Police Cmdr. John Petragallo said. Hunt was being taken to DeKalb County Jail and could appear in court today.

Hunt went into University Heights’ office about 4 p.m. Nov. 27, pointed a gun at two employees 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, according to court records. He stole a purse from one woman and a cellphone from the other, records show.

Hunt was charged 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 by between six and 30 years in prison.

Hunt is on parole for a previous robbery in Cook County.

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