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Crime & Courts

St. Charles man who eluded police could be committed

Christopher S. Roby, 41, of St. Charles
Christopher S. Roby, 41, of St. Charles

SYCAMORE – A St. Charles man accused of eluding police for hours and trying to get officers to shoot him will stay in jail until at least Monday as his family and lawyers try to find out when space will be available at a mental health treatment facility.

As Christopher S. Roby, 41, of the 1100 block of Geneva Road, was eluding police Thursday, a $300,000 warrant was issued for his arrest, according to court records.

He surrendered about 3:19 p.m. on Barber Greene Road near Larson Road, after a nearly two-hour standoff with multiple agencies, hours after he’d threatened to shoot officers if they tried to stop him. Once surrounded, he tried to get officers to shoot him, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

He’s charged with several misdemeanors, as well as the felony aggravated fleeing, which is punishable by one to three years in prison.

Roby’s lawyer, Timothy Mandel, said a bed was available at Provena Saint Joseph Hospital on Thursday night, but not Friday.

Mandel asked that the case be continued until Monday, as he said neither he nor family members were able to secure a bed at the hospital for Roby to potentially be committed.

Roby was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital, where Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Walsh said Roby could be held for up to three days after his arrest Thursday because he had taken prescription drugs, according to the sheriff’s office.

During the standoff, he threw a silver knife out the window, as well as a black toy gun he’d claimed was a real gun while talking by phone with police.

One of Roby’s relatives reported him to Kane County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday, saying he was making suicidal statements, according to the sheriff’s office.

“There have been some worrying comments that were made, and we think it would be appropriate for him to be released to a mental health ward,” Mandel told Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert.

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said Friday afternoon that he trusts that if Roby is taken to Saint Joseph Hospital, public safety won’t be at risk, and that he wants his department to transport him.

“If the court allows him to go to St. Joe’s, they’re used to dealing with those types of issues,” he said. “I’m sure he’ll be secure in that location, specifically designed for this sort of situation.”

Stuckert ruled that bond stay at $300,000, and that the issue be addressed at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

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