Bond was denied Thursday for the second of two men accused of hijacking at gunpoint a Chevy Camaro from a man late Monday night and robbing an Addison gas station at gunpoint on March 29.
Malik Pierre-Louis, 23, of the 900 block of East Lake Street, Addison, appeared in DuPage County Bond Court where Judge Jeffrey MacKay denied bond, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.
Pierre-Louis’ co-defendant, James T. Kimbrough, 22, of the 700 block of East 147th Street, Dolton, appeared in bond court Wednesday where MacKay denied bond for him as well.
Both men have been charged with one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and one count of armed robbery.
On May 11, at about 11:50 p.m., Addison police responded to the 1200 block of Meyer Drive for an aggravated vehicular hijacking.
The victim allegedly was sitting in his car outside his residence talking on the phone when he observed a white sedan drive by. Moments later, a man, later identified as Kimbrough, allegedly approached the driver’s side window and asked if he could borrow the victim’s cell phone. The victim declined but ultimately changed his mind and told Kimbrough he could speak using the in-car Bluetooth system, the release stated.
After Kimbrough attempted to make three phone calls, he allegedly pointed a gun at the victim and ordered him out of the car. The victim complied at which time Kimbrough entered the car and drove off at a high rate of speed. The victim ran inside his residence and called police, according to the release.
An investigation led police to a gas station on Archer Avenue in Summit. As Darien and the Illinois State Police attempted a felony stop on the vehicle, the driver of the car, later identified as Pierre-Louis, allegedly attempted to flee the scene as Kimbrough was attempting to enter the car, the release stated.
The car was disabled using OnStar. Pierre-Louis exited the car and fled on foot while Kimbrough got into the driver’s seat of the car. He was taken into custody at this time. Officers recovered a firearm from the vehicle. Pierre-Louis was taken into custody the following day from a hotel in Addison, the release stated.
On March 29, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Addison police responded to a call regarding an armed robbery at a Marathon Gas Station. Through the course of their investigation, police learned that two masked men, later identified as Kimbrough and Pierre-Louis, allegedly attempted to force their way into the secured booth where the clerk was working, according to the release.
Pierre-Louis allegedly took out a black handgun and fired a round through the protective glass. Kimbrough and Pierre-Louis then allegedly kicked their way into the secured area where the clerk was and stole money and Swisher Sweet cigars. The two men then fled the scene.
“The fact that Judge MacKay denied bond for these two defendants sends the message that in DuPage County, violent crimes are taken very seriously and are treated as such,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “Anyone caught committing such a brazen act of violence in DuPage County will be held accountable and, if convicted, will face a significant amount of time behind bars.”
Pierre-Louis’ next court appearance is scheduled for June 18 for arraignment. Kimbrough’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 11 for arraignment.