Man nabbed after two Naperville robberies
A 17-year-old man remained Monday night in DuPage County Jail on $150,000 bail, accused of using a BB gun to commit two robberies in less than 25 minutes at two homes on Naperville's far south-southeast side.
Marquies E. James, of Chicago's southwest side, is formally charged in one robbery and with possessing a stolen vehicle, but Naperville police reports confirmed he also is implicated in the second holdup.
Police were called about 10:45 a.m. Sunday to the 200 block of Briarheath Circle in the city's Old Farm neighborhood.
A 65-year-old man told police he was smoking a cigar in the garage of his home when a man entered the garage "and (took his) Google tablet from his hands while displaying a black automatic handgun," according to written police reports. The suspect, later identified as James, "patted down the victim for money before fleeing the area," the reports read in part.
James then allegedly went about 11:09 a.m. Sunday to a house on the 400 block of Apple River Drive in the River Woods neighborhood. The two homes are less than two miles apart.
A 63-year-old man told police a man "tried to rob the victim, held a handgun on him (and then) fled westbound through yards across the street," the reports stated. James in that case left empty-handed.
James was seen a short time later walking along an unidentified street. He was taken into custody after a brief foot chase, according to a police news release.
Reports indicated police were called at 11:40 a.m. Sunday by a resident of the 2400 block of Worthing Drive, about midway between the Briarheath Circle and Apple River Drive addresses. The homeowner reported a vehicle that did not belong to him or his family was parked in his driveway, the reports showed.
The vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder, was found to have been stolen Saturday from its owner in Chicago, the police news release stated. Police subsequently determined James had stolen it.
DuPage County State's Attorney Robert B. Berlin on Monday said James allegedly drove the vehicle around Naperville and eventually saw the man working on his computer tablet in his garage.
“This alleged brazen behavior, entering someone’s home, threatening them at gunpoint and stealing from them, will not be tolerated, and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Berlin said in a prepared statement.
Police added the "handgun" used in the crimes "was discovered to be a BB gun." The weapon was recovered, as was the Briarheath Circle homeowner's tablet.
Records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court showed James faces trial there on a felony charge of aggravated robbery indicating a dangerous weapon or firearm and receiving, possessing or selling a stolen motor vehicle. He is scheduled to appear Dec. 9 in Judge Robert G. Kleeman's courtroom.
Meanwhile, Naperville police are continuing to investigate a Nov. 26 robbery on the city's near north side and an attempted robbery that occurred late Saturday afternoon in the same area.
Police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said the Nov. 26 robbery, which occurred at night, was "drug-related," and is "isolated from the others."
That crime remains under investigation, as does a robbery attempt that occurred about 5:53 p.m. Saturday on the 600 block of Porter Avenue. In that case, an unidentified man or boy told police he was approached by another male "who displayed a weapon and demanded his cell phone and wallet," according to a police release.
"The victim was able to retreat to his residence immediately without giving the offender the demanded items and was unharmed," the release stated. The gunman left the area, and a subsequent search by police and a K-9 unit failed to find him.
The would-be robber was described as being a black male standing approximately 6 feet tall, weighing 175 pounds, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and jeans and armed with a semiautomatic handgun. Witnesses to the crime or those who believe they have information about the case were asked to call the police department's investigationsdivision, at 630-305-6224.