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Crime & Courts

Two Cook County men charged after DeKalb armed robbery leads to high-speed police chase

Ricardo Gates (left) and Jalonnie Roberts (right)
Ricardo Gates (left) and Jalonnie Roberts (right)

SYCAMORE – Two men are facing charges in connection to an armed robbery using a stolen gun which on Sunday led to a police pursuit through Aurora until the pair ran out of gas.

Jalonnie D. Roberts, 26, of the 12000 block of South Perry Avenue in Chicago is charged with armed robbery with a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, aggravated fleeing to elude. Ricardo T. Gales, 22, of the 8600 block of South 87th Street in Justice is charged with armed robbery with a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

If convicted of the most serious offense, armed robbery, the pair could each face up to 21 to 45 years in jail on an extended term because a firearm was allegedly used during the robbery, and fines up to $25,000.

The pair was arrested Sunday morning and charged with fleeing, along with armed robbery after police say they robbed a DeKalb man using a stolen firearm and stole the victim’s backpack, cellphone an wallet containing his debit and credit cards, records show.

Both appeared before DeKalb County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Montgomery Monday for bond hearing.

At the request of DeKalb County First Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Klein, Montgomery ruled their bond be set at $200,000. They’d have to post $20,000 to get out of a jail, and both are expected to appear for a status hearing 9 a.m. Nov. 13.

In Montgomery’s ruling for Roberts, he cited criminal history including an active warrant out for his arrest from Cook County along with warrants in Minnesota.

According to DeKalb County court records, about 5:50 a.m. Sunday, a DeKalb police sergeant was on patrol when was stopped by a man who told police he had just been a victim of an armed robbery which took place in the 200 block of West Lincoln Highway. The

The victim told police the description of the two men who robbed him, along with their car, and police were able to locate the car at the 7-11 gas station at 930 North Annie Glidden Road.

Records show that officers put their squad car emergency lights on to stop the car to pull the car over but the car, later discovered was being driven by Roberts, sped off.

Roberts led police on a high-speed chase, at time going 55 miles per hour over the speed limit, records show, finally ending in Aurora after running out of gas.

Police took Roberts and Gates, the other adult in the car, along with a minor, back to the DeKalb Police Department.

Roberts admitted to police that he was driving the car when the armed robbery occurred, and Gates later told police he and Roberts robbed the man, records show. Police also found a debit car and credit card belonging to the victim on Gates during a search.

Gates also told police Roberts handed him the firearm to hide in the car when police found them.

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