Bail was set at $1 million for each of three men who were captured in Naperville following their alleged armed robbery of an electronics store in Downers Grove.
Carlos C. Brown, 20, of Downers Grove; Brandon L. Jones, 19, of Woodridge; and BL O. Jones, also 19, of Chicago, were taken to DuPage County Jail. Each faces trial on two felony counts of armed robbery, according to State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Downers Grove Police Chief Robert Porter.
The charges are Class X felonies, which carry mandatory sentences of six to 30 years in prison upon conviction. Berlin and Porter, in a joint statement, said “because the crime was allegedly committed with a firearm, all three men are eligible for a 15-year, extended-term add-on.”
Authorities contend Brown and Brandon Jones donned hooded sweatshirts, and about 10:45 a.m. Dec. 11 entered the Radio Shack store at 7319 Lemont Road in Downers Grove. BL Jones remained outside in their green Nissan car.
Brandon Jones allegedly “pulled out a loaded gun and pointed it at the store clerk,” the Berlin-Porter statement declared. He and Brown then allegedly forced the clerk to open a cage containing cell phones, the statement said.
Brown and Brandon Jones allegedly gathered up approximately 15 of the phones and left the store, after dousing the clerk and a customer with pepper spray. They got into the car with BL Jones and sped away from the scene.
“Through the help of witnesses, Downers Grove police officers were able to spot the vehicle on the road,” the statement continued. “After a chase” along portions of Interstates 355 and 88, police curbed the vehicle near Ferry Road and Route 59 on Naperville’s far northwest side, about 14 miles from the alleged crime scene.
Brandon Jones and Brown allegedly bailed out of the car and tried to escape on foot, while BL Jones remained behind the wheel, according to the statement. All three were quickly taken into custody.
“The allegations against these three men are outrageous,” Berlin said. “This type of brazen criminal behavior will not be tolerated in DuPage County and will be met with the full force of the law.”
It was not known what relationship, if any, exists between BL Jones and Brandon Jones. An examination of court documents revealed neither man has a criminal record in DuPage.
Downers Grove police in February 2011 arrested Brown and charged him with theft of lost or mislaid property, a misdemeanor. Court records indicated a judge later convicted Brown in that case, ordered him to perform 20 hours of community service work and placed him on a year of supervision.
Brown has also paid fines to settle an October 2008 curfew violation in Bolingbrook, an October 2009 charge of disorderly conduct in Bolingbrook, and a May 2010 case of unlawful possession of alcohol by a minor in Woodridge, court records showed.
BL Jones and Brown are scheduled to appear Dec. 23 in court. A Dec. 31 court date has been set for Brandon Jones.