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Evanston Teen Charged in Armed Robbery

Police say he robbed a couple on Valentine’s Day as they walked home from St. Francis Hospital.

Courtesy of the Evanston Police Department
Courtesy of the Evanston Police Department

An Evanston teen is being charged as an adult for the armed robbery of a couple who were walking home from St. Francis Hospital on Valentine’s Day, according to a release from the Evanston Police Department.

Deshawn Gillette, 17, was charged over the weekend for the robbery, which took place a little before 9 p.m. at Mulford Street and Sherman Avenue, police said. A husband and wife were walking home to Rogers Park from the hospital when Gillette stole their backpack, which has not been recovered.

The couple identified Gillette in a line up, police said. He is being charged as an adult as required by state statute for this type of offense. He appeared at bond court Monday and was given a $350,000 D bond. His next court date is March 12.

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Jordan S. Zoot February 24, 2014 at 08:25 PM
In a very simple world...the plea they need to offer him is the max on one count..he clearly DESERVES to do thirty years...better if the entire time is SuperMax TAMS in solitary the whole way.
Ben Massen February 24, 2014 at 08:52 PM
Zoot, you never disappoint.
Jordan S. Zoot February 24, 2014 at 09:05 PM
Ben....what am I missing....if it would have been me, god forbid, he would have gotten a controlled pair of .45 ACP in the center of mass...but I wasn't there so that is pure conjecture....rough justice would be hanging him from a street lamp...but we don't do that anymore since we are civilized. The exciting question to me is this..is he has a couple of violent felonies as a juvenile can they invoke three strikes and lock him up for the rest of his natural life....the community shouldn't miss him.
Scotirish February 25, 2014 at 06:06 AM
I think I understand your frustration Jordan with the crime frenzy that is happening in Evanston, but one small point, they closed Tamms last year.
Jordan S. Zoot February 25, 2014 at 08:06 AM
Scotirish....I stand corrected...you are absolutely correct...in that case the next most appropriate facility would be Statesville which I believe is still maximum security.
Tantor February 25, 2014 at 01:51 PM
But he is so...young. We have failed him as a society. He deserves our compassion and understanding. That couple should be ashamed of having reported the crime. This 17 year old wanted to go to California to try to find the honest work picking fruit that the illegal immigrants do but was discouraged by his bad friends, who convinced him it is easier to rob people or get government support than find honest work that pays so little. It was not his fault.
Festus McMoron February 25, 2014 at 02:34 PM
don't forget, all his teachers claim he was a sweet little darling in k-5. they don't know how this precious little child could have gone wrong. i'll tell ya. look at his parents. that will answer any questions.
Leroy February 27, 2014 at 07:34 AM
Wish there was a stat that reflects how many crimes are being committed by people who have lived in Evanston less than 5 years. They are giving the city a bad name!!
Jordan S. Zoot February 27, 2014 at 08:16 AM
Leroy....its too bad we can't deport them :)
Jesse Lee March 04, 2014 at 01:27 PM
@Leroy http://www.city-data.com/city/Evanston-Illinois.html According to this since 1999 crime has dropped. THOUGH crime has risen in other cities like Skokie, Des Plaines, ETC.
Jordan S. Zoot March 04, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Hmm.....it appears that this monster was able to make bail and is back on the street....that is a real problem a $350K D bond only requires someone to come up with $35K...now if they would have made it a C bond he would have had to post the entire $350K that would have been much more interesting.

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