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Bond Denied for the Fourth Time in One Week for Defendant Accused of Violent Gun Crime in DuPage County — Bob Berlin

“ONCE AGAIN, WITH THE DENIAL OF BOND FOR A VIOLENT CRIME ALLEGEDLY COMMITTED IN DUPAGE COUNTY, THE MESSAGE IS SIMPLE, IF YOU COMMIT THIS TYPE OF VIOLENT CRIME IN DUPAGE COUNTY, YOU WILL BE CAUGHT, CHARGED, AND FACE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES,” BERLIN SAID.

HINSDALE – DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Hinsdale Chief of Police Brian King, announced today that for the fourth time this week, a DuPage County judge has granted the State’s motion to deny bond for a defendant accused of committing a violent gun crime in DuPage County . Stephon Little, aka Isa Al Ahad, 29 (dob 10/21/1992) of the 10000 block of S. Forest Avenue, Chicago, who is currently out on bond for an alleged previous Armed Robbery and Burglary at a Wheaton Sprint store, appeared in bond court this morning where Judge Brian Jacobs granted the State’s motion to deny bond. Little has been charged with two counts of Armed Robbery (Class X Felony) and one count of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Felony).

On June 16, 2022, at approximately 7:56 pm, an employee at the Verizon Wireless store located at 34 E. First Street was closing for the night. After turning off the lights and locking the front door, the employee sat down at a desk when an unknown male, later identified as Little, masked and armed with a handgun, entered the business from the rear public access door. It is alleged that Little told the employee “come on” multiple times, indicating he wanted merchandise from the store. It is alleged that Little forced the employee at gunpoint to load sixty Apple products into a bag including iPhones, iPads and Apple watches. It is further alleged that Little told the employee to go to a bathroom and wait five minutes before exiting. It is alleged that while the employee waited in the bathroom, Little fled the scene in a car that was reported stolen out of Chicago. After the employee exited the bathroom, he immediately contacted the Hinsdale Police Department. Through the course of their investigation and with the help of an Illinois State Police airplane, authorities were able to track the defendant to a location in Ford Heights. Upon their arrival at the Ford Heights location, authorities located Little and he was taken into custody at this time without incident. A search warrant of Little’s car allegedly found a loaded .45 caliber handgun with one bullet in the chamber.

“Once again, with the denial of bond for a violent crime allegedly committed in DuPage County, the message is simple, if you commit this type of violent crime in DuPage County, you will be caught, charged and face serious consequences,” Berlin said . “I commend the Hinsdale Police Department for their swift response as well as the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the Ford Heights, Markham, Burr Ridge and Clarendon Hills Police Departments for their collaborative efforts in combating violent crime. I also thank the Illinois State Police and Director Brendan Kelly for the air support they provided. I thank Assistant State’s Attorney Grace Barsanti for her efforts in preparing a strong case against the Mr. Little.”

“The swift arrest coupled with felony charges and detention, send a message that DuPage County and Hinsdale are bad places to commit a crime,” King said. “I would like to thank State’s Attorney Bob Berlin’s office for their attentiveness as well as the Burr Ridge and Clarendon Hills Police Departments for their assistance in this investigation.”

Little’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 23, 2022, for arrangement in front of Judge Michael Reidy. If convicted, Little faces a penalty of between twenty-one to forty-five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections to be served consecutively with his pending Armed Robbery charge.

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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