Safe Community - Safe DuPage

Safe DuPage is a community organization founded by Naperville City Councilman Kevin Coyne in 2020. The aim of Safe DuPage is to promote the public safety and welfare of DuPage County residents through education and advocacy on issues relating to crime and drug abuse.

Reduce incidents of violent crime, with particular emphasis on avoidable gun violence, and which involves repeat criminal offenders.

Address the clear failings of the Cook County criminal justice system and the harm those failures have on the residents of both Cook County and the counties that border Cook County...including DuPage County. Half of all violent crime occurring in DuPage County is committed by an offender that maintains an address in Cook County.

Address social inequity, namely the disproportionate degree to which minorities and the economically disadvantaged are victimized by gun violence and other crime.

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We are starting to see some "official-looking" scams that look like forms for the federal government coronavirus relief stimulus package. THEY ARE FAKE! Please don't fall for fake phone calls, texts, emails or forms in the mail.

The relief checks are still in the works and haven't been sent out yet, but scammers are taking advantage of people. Here is what you need to know to make sure you don't get scammed:

1. You don’t need to do anything. As long as you filed taxes for 2018 and/or 2019, the federal government likely has the information it needs to send you your money. Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are otherwise not required to file a tax return also do not need to do anything to receive their money. If you otherwise have not filed taxes recently, you may need to submit a simple tax return to get your check. (More on who’s eligible here.)

2. Do not give anyone your personal information to “sign-up” for your relief check. There is nothing to sign up for. Anyone calling to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security number, PayPal account, or bank information is a scammer, plain and simple. Also be on the lookout for email phishing scams, where scammers pretend to be from the government and ask for your information as part of the “sign-up” process for the checks.

3. To set up direct deposit of your check, communicate only with the IRS at irs.gov/coronavirus. And you only need to do this if you didn’t give the IRS your bank information on your 2018 or 2019 return. In the coming weeks, the IRS will be setting up an online form available through irs.gov/coronavirus. But nowhere else, and never in response to an email, text, or call.

4. No one has early access to this money. Anyone that claims to is a scammer. The timeline for this process is not exact, but it looks like funds will start going out in the next few weeks. Scammers are using the lack of detail to try to trick people into giving their personal information and money.
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4 days ago

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#APDNewsRelease

Aurora Police have arrested and charged an 18-year-old man with multiple felonies after he discharged a firearm in a residential area and then threatened a convenience store customer with a gun in Aurora.

The investigation began on Monday, March 30, after officers responded to calls of shots fired just after 7:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Douglas Avenue. Multiple people inside their homes told officers they reported hearing shots being fired. Responding officers also located numerous shell casings in the street.

Detectives and Evidence Technicians responded to the scene to canvas the neighborhood, collect forensic evidence and interview potential witnesses. During the course of the initial investigation, a citizen provided security video that captured a possible suspect vehicle from the shooting.

Then, approximately an hour and a half later, officers were dispatched to a disturbance at a convenience store in the 0-100 block of Hill Avenue. When officers arrived, they learned a male suspect pulled out a gun and pointed it at a customer shopping inside the store. Video from the store captured the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle. Officers learned the vehicle in the video matched the same description of the vehicle involved in the shooting in the 1100 block of Douglas Avenue and alerted detectives.

Other Aurora Police officers on patrol spotted the suspected vehicle in the area of Hill Avenue and East Benton Street and performed a traffic stop. All three people inside the vehicle were taken into custody to be interviewed. During a search of the vehicle, officers located an open alcohol container and a handgun.

Detectives interviewed the three subjects inside the vehicle and were able to determine that 18-year-old Christopher Martinez, of the 2000 block of Fox Pointe Drive in Aurora, was responsible for the shooting and the incident inside the convenience store. Detectives presented the case to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, who authorized the following charges against Martinez:

One Class 3 Felony count of Reckless Discharge of a Firearm

Three Class 4 Felony counts of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon

One Class 4 Felony count of Possess Firearm with No FOID

The other two subjects were released without charges.

The Aurora Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in providing information and video to our detectives investigating this case. This is an example of the how community policing and cooperation helps us solve crimes and find the people responsible.

Charges are not proof of guilt. The defendant listed in this release is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial, at which it is the burden of the State to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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5 days ago

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We're currently investigating a serious traffic crash that resulted in potentially life-threatening injuries at the intersection of Washington Street and 12th Avenue last night. Anyone with information about the crash, which occurred at approximately 7:26 p.m., is asked to call the Traffic Unit at 630-305-5477. Read the full release here: www.naperville.il.us/2020-news-articles/naperville-police-respond-to-serious-traffic-crash-on-was...

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7 days ago

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The youth we serve in our housing program are experiencing more challenges than ever during the COVID-19 crisis. We need your help to keep our mission on track. You can help by donating needed items listed below or donate online today on our website. www.360youthservices.org/donate ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago

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Terrible case out of Aurora.#APDNewsRelease

Aurora Police have arrested and charged a 57-year-old man with 17 felony counts of sexual assault for multiple cases involving two children between 1997 and 2003.

In January 2020, two women came forward to report that they had been sexually assaulted multiple times by the same man while they were growing up in Aurora. The women told detectives they were between the ages of 9 and 16-years-old when the sexual assaults occurred.

Detectives began investigating the case, speaking to potential witnesses and looking into all aspects of the allegations.

Detectives determined that 57-year-old Manuel Marquez-Garcia, of the 0-100 block of North Gregory Street in Aurora, was responsible for the sexual assaults and presented the case to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, who authorized the following charges against Garcia:

Three Class X Felony counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child – Victim under 13

Ten Class 1 Felony counts of Criminal Sexual Assault

Four Class 2 Felony counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

On Monday, detectives took Marquez-Garcia into custody at his home without incident.

Charges are not proof of guilt. The defendant listed in this release is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial, at which it is the burden of the State to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Terrible case out of Aurora.

7 days ago

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We are standing with Chicago and the State of Illinois in urging YOU to remain compliant with the Stay at Home order.

Stay Home. Save Lives.
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1 week ago

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While this COVID-19 pandemic has slowed most of us down, criminals have not been slowed and have been out in numbers looking for opportunities. We’ve had multiple car burglaries in several unincorporated communities recently that had taken place during the overnight hours.

We ask that everyone be diligent in removing valuables from their vehicles and lock all vehicles when unattended. Leave outside lights on overnight and if you have a camera security system, be sure it’s operational an actively monitoring your property. Most crime of this nature can be prevented or deterred by doing these simple things!

*Use the Next Door app or any apps that link with your camera security systems (i.e. - Ring) to share information with your fellow neighbors and the community in which you live for better awareness of criminal activity that may be occurring.
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Timeline PhotosAre you worried about your pet during the coronavirus outbreak? At this time, there’s no evidence that pets can get sick from the virus or spread the virus in the United States. COVID-19 spreads mostly from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Learn the steps you should take to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe: bit.ly/33DJ8Wt ... See MoreSee Less

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This is a man that needs to be off the street. Thank you to our police and States Attorney office for handling this matter and doing your jobs during this very difficult time.DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Downers Grove Chief of Police Shanon Gillette announced today that a Downers Grove man has been charged with one count of Aggravated Battery (Class 2 Felony) and one count of Hate Crime (Class 4 Felony) for allegedly verbally and physically assaulting a staff member at Good Samaritan Hospital. Erik Lewis, 21 (d.o.b. 4/17/1998) of 4005 Williams Street, appeared in Bond Court yesterday morning where Judge Michael Fleming released Lewis on a $50,000 recognizance bond. Additional conditions of bond ordered by Judge Fleming include no contact with the victim, surrender of any dangerous weapons/firearms and no entry to Good Samaritan Hospital except to obtain medical treatment.
At approximately 8:35 p.m., March 27, 2020, Lewis was arrested by Oak Brook Police for an unrelated traffic accident. While in booking at the Oak Brook Police Department, Lewis became combative and was brought to Good Samaritan Hospital to detox. It is alleged that while at the hospital, Lewis continued being combative with hospital staff and on multiple occasions directed a racial slur at a hospital security officer. It is further alleged that Lewis slapped the security officer and told him that he was “going to hang him from a tree.”
“The charges against Mr. Lewis are very disturbing,” Berlin said. “Hate Crimes have no place in civilized society, particularly in times such as these when we should all be coming together to help each other. My office has zero tolerance for the type of behavior alleged in this case and anyone who exhibits such behavior will be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I would like to thank the Downers Grove Police Department for their work on this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Pingaj for his efforts in securing charges against this defendant.”
“I would like to thank the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for supporting the work of our police officers who investigated this case and for advocating on behalf of those who are victimized by hate crimes in DuPage County,” Gillette said.
Lewis’ next court date is scheduled for April 27, 2020 for arraignment in front of Judge Brian Telander.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant's guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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This is a man that needs to be off the street. Thank you to our police and States Attorney office for handling this matter and doing your jobs during this very difficult time.

2 weeks ago

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This forecast graphic shows the timing of the greatest severe t-storm threat through this evening.

There’s a risk of tornados - especially in the two darker blue shaded areas according to the National Weather Service. The timing ranges show the earliest start time and likely end time of the severe weather threat. Please be alert and stay safe.
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2 weeks ago

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DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin was recently named Public Official of the Year for 2019 by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police at a ceremony in Oak Brook.

Read about Bob's commitment to public safety here: www.bobberlin.com/news/ilacppuboff2019
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Attached is a symptoms chart that compares COVID-19 to the flu and common colds.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 27: In addition to the 12 cases already reported this week, 10 more positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Aurora today. They include:
• 3 women in their 40s
• 1 woman in her 50s
• 1 woman in her 80s
• 2 men in their 20s
• 1 man in his 30s
• 1 man in his 40s
• 1 man in his 70s

There are 22 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Aurora.

Due to the schedule of the health departments, no updates on cases will be provided on weekends.
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PLEASE NOTE:
• The City of Aurora is provided this information by the county health departments. No further details are disclosed.
• As cases continue to grow, there may be a point where only the quantity of cases will be disclosed with no additional details.
• COVID-19 IS IN AURORA AND SPREADING. Your behavior should reflect that through your daily activities: staying at home, practicing social distancing, washing your hands regularly, contacting a doctor if you have concerns about symptoms.
• Stay up to date with local COVID-19 info at www.aurora-il.org/health.
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A Crime Stoppers reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for a battery that occurred on a trail near 75th & Washington streets on March 21. Read the release:
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3 weeks ago

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Naperville Residents Urged to Comply with State Directive to Stay at Home
Executive orders at the city level ease local regulations to assist with COVID-19 Response

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The City of Naperville is encouraging all residents to comply with the Governor’s order for residents to stay at home in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Illinois. The order to stay at home goes into effect at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 and extends through April 7.

The directive instructs all Illinois residents to remain in their homes while officials combat the prolific spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Residents are still permitted to leave their homes to go to grocery stores, gas stations, medical appointments and pharmacies. They are also able to continue to pick up food from restaurants and be outdoors, though residents are encouraged to continue practicing social distancing. Read the full directive online.

“This may seem to some like a drastic measure, but after witnessing the effects of this virus in communities across the globe, I believe it is absolutely necessary to safeguard the health of our residents,” said Mayor Steve Chirico. “I ask every single person in Naperville to heed the advice of the directive and stay home. The health and well-being of our families and neighbors depend on it.”

Core city services will not be impacted by this directive, but City leaders are evaluating service levels against the Governor’s order and have also canceled the special City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23. City officials will also continue to look for ways to provide financial relief to residents and businesses. One such act already determined will be to waive late fees for delinquent monthly food and beverage tax receipts, as well as waiving any late payment interest penalties for that tax. Additional efforts will be announced as they are executed.

“There’s no question that this is a tough time for many of our residents and businesses, but City leaders are diligently planning for future scenarios and preparing for anything that could come our way in regard to COVID-19 response,” said Mayor Chirico.

Mayor Chirico also cautions residents against stockpiling food, gasoline and other commodities, as the directive allows residents to leave their homes to purchase supplies as needed. To ensure Naperville’s stores and medical offices can continue to receive the deliveries they need throughout the COVID-19 response, the Mayor signed an executive order on Thursday, March 19, amending the City’s Municipal Code to allow deliveries 24 hours a day.

“While we’re encouraging residents to only buy what they need, we are aware that stores continue to sell out of certain items,” said Mayor Chirico. “Our current ordinance prohibiting deliveries between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. is not conducive to restocking our stores with necessary items, so I’ve elected to suspend that prohibition until a later date.”

Once a local state of emergency has been declared, the Mayor is authorized, through executive order, to relax City ordinances to deal with emerging issues resulting from the crisis. The executive order extending delivery times was the second issued by Mayor Chirico. A third was signed on March 20 to allow current holders of certain liquor licenses to engage in packaged sale of beer and wine.

“Our restaurant industry has been hit hard by the Governor’s executive order suspending dine-in restaurant operations, and we want to do what we can to help them through this time,” said Mayor Chirico. “I’m hopeful that this executive order will provide some flexibility and additional income for this struggling industry.”

All executive orders issued by Mayor Chirico under the current declaration of local emergency will be posted to the City’s COVID-19 webpage at www.naperville.il.us/coronavirus-resources, where residents can also find updated information about the City’s COVID-19 response and modifications to city services.

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3 weeks ago

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3 weeks ago

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The Naperville Police Department has been investigating the rumor that individuals are approaching homeowners in hazmat suits, in attempt to rob them or commit other crimes. To date, there have been no substantiated cases in the City of Naperville.

We recently followed up with a homeowner in regards to the claim that individuals approached their house in hazmat suits and offered testing for the COVID-19 virus. This information was spread via social media and was found to be untrue. Please know, the City of Naperville would not conduct this type of activity unsolicited and/or without visible identification.

We do request our citizens remain vigilant during these times, and not fall victim to individuals attempting to exploit the COVID-19 outbreak. However, social media and the "rumor mill" can also perpetuate the spread of misinformation.

If you, or someone you know, believe that you fell victim to a scam, theft or other type of crime, please report this directly to the police department immediately by calling 9-1-1.

This Facebook page, the City of Naperville Website www.naperville.il.us/ and Naper Notify www.napernotify.com are all official sources of information for the City of Naperville.

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3 weeks ago

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While it is important to protect ourselves physically from becoming ill or spreading the COVID-19 virus, we must also be diligent in protecting ourselves in other ways, including financially. We have recently become aware of the following information;

Malicious COVID-19 Android App is Ransomware

An Android app that purports to track confirmed cases of COVID-19 actually locks up the phone it is installed on and demands $100 in bitcoin to unlock it. If victims do not pay within 48 hours, the malware says it will erase all the data on the phone.

This app will also set a lock on your device if one is not already configured. Users need to be careful installing offered mobile applications, particularly from unofficial app stores, expect some apps to make it into the legitimate app stores as well.

Please use discretion when downloading or installing new software or applications, or when clicking on unfamiliar websites. If you ever suspect being the victim of cybercrime, we do not recommend sending any type of payment to the requester, but rather you contact the police department for assistance. Stay healthy, stay safe!

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3 weeks ago

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Timeline PhotosNew CDC recommendation: Starting immediately and for the next 8 weeks, CDC recommends cancelling all events of 50 or more people.

Ongoing guidance recommends that, in areas where there is even minimal COVID-19, events likely to include 10 or more people at high-risk for serious issues should be cancelled. People at higher risk include older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions such as lung and heart disease, as well as diabetes.

If there is substantial spread in your area, all gatherings should be cancelled.
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4 weeks ago

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Nice work by the Aurora Police!#NewsRelease - Aurora Police arrest and charge teenager in connection to November shooting death of 15-year-old Jasmine Noble

Aurora Police have arrested and charged a teenager in connection to the shooting death of 15-year-old Jasmine Noble in November.

Since the shooting, detectives have investigated a number of leads from tips and information received from the community. Detectives were able to determine a 17-year-old was responsible for the shooting and presented the case to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, who authorized the following charges against the juvenile:

Involuntary Manslaughter
Unlawful Use of a Weapon – Possession of Handgun while under 21

On Wednesday, the 17-year-old male was taken into custody by the Rockford Police Department.

“This case is a perfect example of when a community steps up with information about a case, the truth prevails,” Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said. “Key information came directly from tips in the community and that allowed our detectives to solve this case and help bring closure to Jasmine’s family.”

15-year-old Jasmine Noble was shot and killed inside a home in the 400 block of Florida Avenue just after 12:20 a.m. on November 24, 2019. Officers responded to the scene and found Noble suffering from a gunshot wound. Aurora Fire Department paramedics pronounced her dead on the scene.

The Aurora Police Department would like to thank the community for their tips and information that ultimately led to the arrest of the juvenile, as well as the support from our partners at the Rockford Police Department for their assistance in the arrest.

Charges are not proof of guilt. The defendant listed in this release are presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial, at which it is the burden of the State to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Nice work by the Aurora Police!

4 weeks ago

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Our DuPage Sheriff has provided a list and pictures of stolen items recovered by his office. If you’ve had anything stolen, you may want to take a look. Link below! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

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Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico and Naperville Councilman Kevin Coyne offered countering viewpoints on recreational marijuana on NCTV. Their friendly debate will be aired tonight on NCTV at 830 pm. Naperville residents will have the opportunity to vote on this issue on March 17! ... See MoreSee Less

Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico and Naperville Councilman Kevin Coyne offered countering viewpoints on recreational marijuana on NCTV. Their friendly debate will be aired tonight on NCTV at 830 pm. Naperville residents will have the opportunity to vote on this issue on March 17!

4 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

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The Green Thumb Industries PAC is saying that "Naperville is the only town in the Niche.com top 15 in an adult use state to opt out." Guess what? Most of the towns on that list AREN'T in an adult use state!

The truth? Most towns opt out of retail weed.
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4 weeks ago

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This murder occurred in West Chicago, suspect was arrested in Naperville. Details are shown in the post.DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a West Chicago man originally charged with Aggravated Battery is now facing murder charges after the victim succumbed to his injuries. Joel Munoz-Valdez, 24 (d.o.b. 10/30/1995) of 737 S. Oak Street, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Jeffrey MacKay set bond at $2 million with 10% to apply. On March 1, 2020, Munoz-Valdez’s bond was set at $100,000 with 10% to apply on two charges of Aggravated Battery (Class 3 Felony), one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon (Class 3 Felony) and one count of Possession of Methamphetamine (Class 3 Felony.) This morning, the State replaced the Aggravated Battery charges with one count of First-Degree Murder. All other charges remain the same.
It is alleged that on February 26, 2020, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Munoz-Valdez approached the victim, Luis Lopez outside a home on the 800 block of Brentwood in West Chicago. It is alleged that a verbal altercation between Munoz-Valdez and the victim turned physical at which time Munoz-Valdez took a knife out of his pocket and stabbed Lopez several times in the back and left leg. It is further alleged that following the altercation, Munoz-Valdez fled the scene. He was apprehended on February 29, 2020 at a location in Naperville. Lopez was transported to a local hospital. On March 6, 2020, Lopez, who never regained consciousness since the attack, was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.
“I would like to commend the West Chicago Police Department for their quick identification and apprehension of the defendant in this case,” Berlin said. “I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Luis Lopez as they mourn this senseless loss of life. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Alyssa Rabulinski and Heather Misura for their efforts in securing charges against Mr. Munoz-Valdez.”
Munoz-Valdez’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 8, 2020 in front of Judge MacKay for arraignment.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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This murder occurred in West Chicago, suspect was arrested in Naperville. Details are shown in the post.

4 weeks ago

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Terribly sad case in Naperville. Arrested suspect’s wife died following domestic abuse. Details in the attached States Attorney post.DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Robert Marshall announced today that bond has been set for a Naperville man charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery (Class 2 Felony) in connection with the death of his wife. Alan Wang, 55 (d.o.b. 3/20/1964) of 1103 N. Mill Street, appeared at a bond hearing this morning in front of Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh, who set bond at $850,000 with 10% to apply.
On March 8, 2020, at approximately 4:50 p.m., personnel from the Naperville Police and Fire Departments responded to a call at the couple’s residence regarding a female who was not breathing, later identified as Hongyan Yang, 35 (d.o.b. 6/10/1984). The victim was immediately taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead at 5:54 p.m. Following an investigation conducted by the Naperville Police Department into Yang’s death, it is alleged that in the evening hours of March 7, 2020, the defendant and his wife were in the couple’s bedroom when the defendant kicked the victim multiple times on her legs causing deep soft tissue hemorrhaging. The following day, a relative of the couple called 9-1-1 when it appeared that the victim stopped breathing.
“This case is a terrible reminder that domestic violence continues to be a serious problem that demands our attention,” Berlin said. “While it is generally believed that domestic violence cases are underreported, Federal authorities estimate that in the United States there are still more than five million incidents of domestic violence every year, with as many as one in four women becoming a victim of domestic violence. These numbers are more than alarming particularly when you consider not only the physical and emotional harm endured by the victim, but also the effect domestic violence has on families and the entire community. I would like to thank the Naperville Police Department for their work on this very sad case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Meindl for her efforts in securing charges against Mr. Wang.”
“This was a brutal crime and our thoughts are with the victim’s family as they cope with this tragic loss. I want to extend my gratitude to the police officers and investigators who dedicated so much time and effort on this case to get justice for the victim and to ensure the offender is held accountable for his actions,” Marshall said. “Domestic violence remains one of the top offenses for which we arrest people in Naperville and our department is committed to helping victims of domestic violence find safety before something as tragic as this incident occurs. From our victim advocate and social services team to the resources available on our website, www.naperville.il.us/domesticviolence, we want victims of domestic violence to know that the Naperville Police Department has resources to help you. We will help you. You are not alone.”
The investigation into Yang’s death continues.
Wang’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 6, 2020, in front of Judge O’Hallaren Walsh for arraignment.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Terribly sad case in Naperville. Arrested suspect’s wife died following domestic abuse. Details in the attached States Attorney post.

4 weeks ago

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Opt Out signs being stolen and vandalized all around Naperville. Amazing the effort some people are putting into expanding drug use within their own community. Naperville Police recently issued a reminder that people need to report these incidents online and that stealing signs is criminal theft. ... See MoreSee Less

Opt Out signs being stolen and vandalized all around Naperville. Amazing the effort some people are putting into expanding drug use within their own community. Naperville Police recently issued a reminder that people need to report these incidents online and that stealing signs is criminal theft.

1 month ago

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I’ll be joining my Naperville City Council colleague, Patty Gustin, as a co-moderator of this health and public safety forum on Monday night, March 9. Details below! Kevin Coyne ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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Here’s video taken in Naperville of a resident’s Vote No to Marijuana signs being stolen out of their yard in broad daylight. Two white males in their 20s stole the signs and drove off in a black SUV at a very high rate of speed. A second video from a different angle is shown in the comments. Call Naperville police with any information. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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It's been a while since we held a Citizens Police Academy to give Lisle residents an inside look at their police department. Since we continue to work closely with our friends in the Fire service, it seemed like a good idea to expose people to several aspects of public safety. With this in mind, Lisle PD and Lisle-Woodridge Fire District are proud to present the first Village of Lisle Public Safety Academy! Attendees will spend five weeks each with LPD and LWFD and gain inside knowledge about how we operate to keep Lisle safe. If you are interested in attending or learning more information about this program, please email rwilke@villageoflisle.org. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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Thank you to everyone that has liked our page. We will continue to share information about local public safety concerns. We are also in the midst of planning our next community discussion. Please continue to like and share our posts. Let’s work together to keep DuPage County safe for all! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to everyone that has liked our page. We will continue to share information about local public safety concerns. We are also in the midst of planning our next community discussion. Please continue to like and share our posts. Let’s work together to keep DuPage County safe for all!

1 month ago

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Thank you to the DuPage States attorneys office for getting this guy off the streets. For no apparent reason he physically assaulted a special needs Jewel bagger. Unbelievable.DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a Bartlett man has been found guilty of Aggravated Battery to a Jewel grocery store employee. The guilty verdict against Bruce Mirabella, 51 (d.o.b. 9/6/1968), of 201 Patricia Lane, was handed down by Judge Brian Telander this afternoon immediately following a four-hour-long bench trial. Aggravated Battery is a Class 3 Felony. On July 23, Mirabella appeared in Bond Court where bond was set bond at $50,000 with 10% to apply. He posted the necessary 10%, or $5,000, and was released the same day.
On July 22, 2019, officers with the Bartlett Police Department responded to the Jewel grocery store located on Sterns Road in response to a battery of a store employee. Through their investigation, officers learned that at approximately 9:45 p.m., Mirabella went to the store to purchase alcohol. While in the checkout line, Mirabella punched the victim, a bagger who has special needs, in the face and then kicked him in his left back area before fleeing the store. Bartlett Police Department took Mirabella into custody a short time later from his home.
“For reasons still unclear, Mr. Mirabella violently attacked an innocent man at work,” Berlin said. “Mr. Mirabella’s appalling behavior is magnified when considering the fact that the victim in this case is a special needs individual who, while working as a bagger at Jewel, posed no threat to the defendant. I would like to thank Judge Telander for ensuring a fair trial for both sides. I would like to thank the Bartlett Police Department for quickly identifying and apprehending Mr. Mirabella following the attack. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Bethany Jackson and Nick Catizone for their efforts in holding Mr. Mirabella responsible for his actions.”
Mirabella’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 6, 2020 for sentencing. Following the verdict, Judge Telander revoked Mirabella’s bond and he was taken into custody.
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Thank you to the DuPage States attorneys office for getting this guy off the streets. For no apparent reason he physically assaulted a special needs Jewel bagger. Unbelievable.

1 month ago

Safe DuPage

Thank you to our States Attorneys office for getting a number of gang members (alleged) off the streets of DuPage County!DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin, ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bennie Mims, DEA Special Agent in Chrge Robert J. Bell and Addison Chief of Police Bill Hayden announced that bond has been set for eight of nine members of the La Raza street gang for alleged illegal drug and weapons offenses. The other defendant, a juvenile, was released to parental custody. All nine defendants were taken into custody on Friday, February 28, with the adults appearing in bond court later that afternoon and Saturday morning. The juvenile appeared at his detention hearing this morning. The arrests are the culmination of a multi-agency effort begun last fall conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the DEA, the Addison Police Department and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. Charged in the operation are:
• Eli G. Resendez (aka: Balooga), 33 (d.o.b. 10/30/1986) of 105 Euclid Avenue, Bloomingdale
o 2 counts of Felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance
o Bond set at $225,000 with 10% to apply. Next court appearance scheduled for March 23, in front of Judge Brian Telander for arraignment.
• Samuel Resendez (aka: Mini), 29 (d.o.b. 9/10/1990) of 105 Euclid Avenue, Bloomingdale
o 1 count of Felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance
o Bond set at $100,000 with 10% to apply. Next court appearance scheduled for March 23, in front of Judge John Kinsella for arraignment.
• Missael Resendez (aka: Twin), 23 (d.o.b. 6/17/1996) of 105 Euclid Avenue, Bloomingdale
o 1 count of Felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance
o Bond set at $75,000 with 10% to apply. Next court appearance scheduled for March 23, in front of Judge Jeffrey MacKay for arraignment.
• Ricardo Favela (aka: Joker), 41 (d.o.b. 1/30/1979) of 215 W. Roosevelt Road, Bensenville
o 1 count of Felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance.
o Bond set at $150,000 with 10% to apply. Next court appearance scheduled for March 23, in front of Judge John Kinsella for arraignment.
• Christopher J. Hernandez (aka: Knuckles), 24 (d.o.b. 2/4/1996) of 523 N. Neva Avenue, Addison
o 1 count of Felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Street Gang Member
o 1 count of Felony Criminal Damage to Property
o 1 count of Misdemeanor Fleeing and Eluding/Driving While License Suspended
o 1 count of Misdemeanor Criminal Defacement of Property
o Bond set at $60,000 with 10% to apply. Next court appearance is scheduled for March 23, in front of Judge Brian Telander for arraignment.
• Nikko DePasquale, 26 (d.o.b. 8/7/1993) of 109 S. Iowa Avenue, Addison
o 1 count of Felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, with Body Armor
o 1 count of Felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
o Bond set at $200,000 with 10% to apply. Next court appearance is scheduled for March 23, in front of Judge George Bakalis for arraignment.
• Armando Carrasco Jr. (aka: Junior), 18 (d.o.b. 3/4/2001) of 548 N. Highview Avenue, Addison
o 2 count of Felony Criminal Damage to Property
o 1 count of Misdemeanor Criminal Defacement of Property
o Bond set at $10,000 with 10% to apply. Next court appearance is scheduled for March 23, in front of Judge Brian Telander for arraignment.
• Ryan Villanueva, 22 (d.o.b. 10/4/1997) of 521 Green Oaks Court S., Addison
o 2 counts of Misdemeanor Possession of a Firearm Without a FOID Card
o 1 count of Possession of Firearm Ammunition Without a FOID Card
o Bond set at $2,000 with 10% to apply. Next court appearance is scheduled for April 3, in front of Judge Robert Miller for arraignment.
The remaining juvenile defendant was released to parental custody with a next scheduled court appearance for March 16, in front of Judge Brian Jacobs.
On Friday, February 28, at 6:00 a.m., officials from the four agencies, working in teams, began their operations in locating and apprehending the above-named defendants. By 7:00 a.m., the first of the defendants was located and arrested. Throughout the morning authorities continued their search. By noon, the final defendant, Favela was located and arrested. In total, the State filed fourteen Felony drugs and weapons charges and six Misdemeanor charges.
“Gang activity continues to be a problem throughout the region, but with coordinated efforts between multiple law enforcement agencies such as this, we will continue making progress in ridding our communities of dangerous individuals as alleged in this case” Berlin said. I would like to thank the Addison Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for their outstanding work and countless hours the past several months. Their professionalism and dedication to the safety and well-being of the residents of DuPage County is evident by the amount of time and resources dedicated to this operation. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Kristin Sullivan and Joe Lindt for their tremendous amount of work he has put into this effort to ensure its success.”
“ATF is an agency dedicated to protecting communities from violent criminals and criminal organizations,” Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bennie Mims said. “To achieve this, we collaborate with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to identify and target those who drive violence in our communities. This operation is a great example of how those working relationships can help stem the flow of criminal activity in our communities.”
“DEA is committed to targeting violent criminal organizations that poison our communities with a variety of drugs,” Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Bell said. “DEA will continue to aggressively bring all resources to bear in cooperation with law enforcement partners and prosecutors against these types of criminal groups. This prosecution is the result of working closely with our partners to bring violent drug distributors to justice.”
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendants’ guilt. Each defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Thank you to our States Attorneys office for getting a number of gang members (alleged) off the streets of DuPage County!

1 month ago

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Thank you everyone for the tremendous turnout for today’s first Safe DuPage event! Special thanks to Judge Jim McCluskey, States Attorney Bob Berlin, Lisle Mayor Chris Pecak, State Rep. Grant Wehrli and Lisle Trustee Marie Trezza Hasse! Everyone did a fantastic job. Details on our next event in April will come soon. Let’s continue to work together to keep DuPage County safe! Kevin Coyne ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you everyone for the tremendous turnout for today’s first Safe DuPage event! Special thanks to Judge Jim McCluskey, States Attorney Bob Berlin, Lisle Mayor Chris Pecak, State Rep. Grant Wehrli and Lisle Trustee Marie Trezza Hasse! Everyone did a fantastic job. Details on our next event in April will come soon. Let’s continue to work together to keep DuPage County safe! Kevin Coyne

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1 month ago

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Great work by Bob Berlin and his team!JUSTICE SERVED: A former Glen Ellyn man who fled to Mexico after committing heinous crimes in DuPage County was convicted of First-Degree Murder and Criminal Sexual Assault yesterday. The man was extradited from Mexico to DuPage in 2017, after 6 years on the run. Bob is proud to fight for the victims of sexual and domestic violence who can't fight for themselves.

Also of great note, this case is the first known murder prosecution to be led by an all-female team of Assistant State's Attorneys. Congratulations to Jennifer, Bethany, and Alexandria on this historic achievement.

Read about the case here: www.bobberlin.com/news/granadosmurder
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Great work by Bob Berlin and his team!

1 month ago

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Reward Offered.Can you help identify this woman? Naperville Crime Stoppers are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in an identity theft case. Read the release here: www.naperville.il.us/2020-news-articles/naperville-crime-stoppers-offering-reward-for-information... ... See MoreSee Less

Reward Offered.

1 month ago

Safe DuPage

Below is a comparison of Naperville crime stats for the month of January 2020 to January 2019.

Like many of the communities around us, we have seen an uptick in a number of the categories to start the year. There are lots of unlocked cars and houses in these figures. Remember to lock up everyone!
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1 month ago

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#NewsRelease: 16-year-old arrested and charged with murder in connection to fatal shooting on city’s southeast side

Aurora Police have arrested and charged a 16-year-old male teenager with murder in connection to a fatal shooting on Aurora’s southeast side in early February.

Just before midnight on February 8th, officers were called to reports of a person shot at an apartment in the 400 block of Sherman Ave. When officers arrived, they found John H. Smith, 20, of the 600 block of Sumner Avenue in Aurora, suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest. Aurora Fire Department paramedics transported the man to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Detectives responded to the scene and immediately began to investigate the circumstances of the shooting. Through the course of the investigation, detectives determined the 16-year-old entered the apartment and shot Smith during an argument.

Detectives screened the case with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, who authorized one Class X felony count of first degree murder charges against the juvenile.

Late Sunday evening, the 16-year-old turned himself into the Aurora Police Department, where he was transported to the Kane County Youth Home.

The Aurora Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance and cooperation in connection to this case.

The charges against the juvenile are not proof of guilt. The juvenile is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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1 month ago

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Nice save Lisle PD!Update: Owner located. Thanks for the shares. We appreciate the community helping us out when we ask.

Do you recognize him? He was found around 1:00pm Sunday near Yackley and Hitchcock.
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Nice save Lisle PD!