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Crime & Courts

Hazel Crest man faces armed robbery charges

Juvan D. Webster, 20, of Hazel Crest
Juvan D. Webster, 20, of Hazel Crest

DeKALB – A Hazel Crest man accused of taking an iPhone at gunpoint Thursday night in the 900 block of West Hillcrest Drive said Friday he should be able to post $10,000 to get out of the DeKalb County Jail.

Juvan D. Webster, 20, of the 16900 block of Magnolia Drive, has been charged with armed robbery, possession of a stolen firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a firearm without a Firearm Owner’s Identification card and possession of firearm ammunition without a FOID card. If convicted of the most serious charge, armed robbery, Webster could face six to 30 years in prison.

DeKalb police said in a news release that a person was offering to sell his iPhone on OfferUp, a resale application, and reported that when Webster arranged a meeting, he robbed the victim at gunpoint for the phone about 7:40 p.m.

A DeKalb police K9 tracked Webster to the area of Edgebrook Drive, and after reviewing surveillance footage of the area, police thought he entered a nearby apartment building, the release said.

The stolen phone was found in the suspect’s apartment, along with a loaded handgun stolen from McHenry County, the release said, adding that Webster was found hiding in the bathtub. Court records show a Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun was recovered.

DeKalb County Judge Ron Matekaitis set Webster’s bond at $100,000, moments after public defender Tom McCulloch said Webster had no money to post for bail. Webster then told Matekaitis he’d likely post $10,000 to be released. Should he do so, he’ll be put on electronic home monitoring and not be allowed contact with the person he’s accused of robbing Thursday night.

Police also discovered Webster had been attempting to buy and sell more items on OfferUp, according to the release, which reminds residents to trade safely when using online applications such as OfferUp, Letgo, VarageSale or Craigslist.

The DeKalb Police Department can be used for a safe trade station for online transactions, but if a sale cannot be made at a police facility, police recommend meeting somewhere in public with video surveillance, and only during daylight hours.

Anyone with information about crimes, or anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to call NIU police at 815-753-1212, the DeKalb Police Department at 815-748-8400, or Crime Stoppers at 815-753-8477.

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