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North Aurora police arrest alleged armed robbers

Station offers safe purchase exchange location

Tywan D. Jones
Tywan D. Jones

NORTH AURORA – Officers of the North Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a person with a weapon in the area of John Street and Willowway in North Aurora at about 1:34 p.m. June 7, according to a June 8 news release.

The victim, an 18-year-old man from North Aurora, was supposed to meet a male to sell him a pair of studio headphones for $200, according to the release. It noted the pair were supposed to meet at the 7-Eleven store at 2 S. Lincolnway, but the buyer insisted on meeting at State and Grace streets, about a block away, and the seller agreed.

When the buyer arrived, the seller became suspicious and attempted to walk away, the release stated, adding that two males then exited the buyer’s vehicle and began to chase the seller.  When the two caught him, they attempted to take the seller’s backpack by force while the buyer pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at the seller before the suspects fled in their vehicle, the release stated.

Minutes later, a North Aurora officer spotted the suspect vehicle traveling southbound on Route 25 approaching Sullivan Road and initiated a vehicle stop in the 300 block of East Indian Trail, Aurora, police stated.

Two juveniles and an adult were arrested and charged through the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, according to the release, which detailed the following charges:

Tywan D. Jones, 20, of the 300 block of Barnaby Drive, Oswego, was charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery and mob action.

A 16-year-old from Woodridge, the alleged buyer, was charged with attempted armed robbery; attempted robbery; unlawful use of weapon; no firearm owners identification card; unlawful use of weapon/loaded gun; and mob action.

A 16-year-old from Rockford was charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery and mob action.

Another male juvenile passenger, 15, who did not participate in the incident, was released without charges.

The case remains under investigation by the North Aurora Police Department. Anyone with information should call the Investigations Division at 630-897-8705, ext. 610. Anonymous tips may be left by calling 630-897-8705 and choosing option 3. Or call Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000 and receive a reward for information leading to a felony arrest.

Safety tips

The North Aurora Police Department reminds the public that a parking space in front of the station at 200 S. Lincolnway, on the northwest corner of Route 31 and Airport Road, has been designated a purchase exchange location to give residents a safe location to complete internet sales.  The area is well-lit at night and recorded by surveillance cameras around the clock. A sign marks the location.

"We recommend using our purchase exchange location whenever [you] have to meet a stranger to complete a sale," the release stated. "Don’t go alone and don’t go to someone’s home or invite them to yours. If the buyer or seller have a problem with meeting at a police station to complete the sale, be suspicious and call off the sale."

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