Court denies bail for Chicago men accused of hijacking car at gunpoint
Last updated 12/26/2019 at 11:49am
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin, Downers Grove Chief of Police Shanon Gillette and Warrenville Chief of Police Ray Turano announced today that bond has been denied for two of three individuals charged with several carjackings in Downers Grove and Warrenville. Emanuel Embry, 19 (d.o.b. 12/28/1999), on probation out of Cook County for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, of Chicago and Daysean Washington-Davis, 19 (d.o.b. 7/12/2000), who is currently on bond out of Cook County for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, also of Chicago, appeared at a bond hearing this morning in front of Judge Kinsella. The third individual, a juvenile currently on probation for robbery, appeared at a detention hearing on Monday, December 16, where Judge Brian Jacobs ordered that he be held in custody until at least his next court appearance which is scheduled for January 3, 2020.
On November 30, 2019, officers with the Downers Grove Police Department responded to a call on Prairie Avenue regarding a carjacking. An investigation into the matter revealed that the victim was sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle, which was parked in her garage, and her daughter was in the front passenger seat when a male subject, later identified as the juvenile, allegedly approached the vehicle. It is alleged that the juvenile drove to DuPage County and while wearing a mask, knocked on the window of the vehicle, displayed a handgun and told the victim “give me the car.” It is further alleged that the victim then threw the car keys to the juvenile and that she and her daughter exited the vehicle. It is alleged that the juvenile then entered the vehicle and drove away. It is alleged that when the juvenile drove away, he was followed by another vehicle, allegedly driven by Washington-Davis. Nearly two weeks later, on December 13, at approximately 2:06 p.m., the Warrenville Police Department responded to a call on County Ridge Road regarding a carjacking. It is alleged that as the victim drove, he was being followed by a car allegedly occupied by the juvenile, Washington-Davis and Embry. It is alleged that when the victim arrived at his house, he exited his vehicle and began walking towards his house at which time he was allegedly approached by two masked men, later identified as the juvenile and Embry. It is alleged that both the juvenile and Embry were armed at the time. It is further alleged that the men then demanded the victim’s car key and his wallet and then drove off in the victim’s vehicle. Approximately twenty minutes later, at 2:27 p.m., the Downers Grove Police Department responded to a carjacking that had just occurred on Hawkins Street. It is alleged that he victim, a pregnant female, was sitting in her vehicle in her driveway when she was approached by two individuals, later identified as the juvenile and Embry. It is alleged that the juvenile and Embry wore masks and were armed. It is further alleged that the men ordered the woman out of her vehicle and drove off in her car. It is further alleged that Washington-Davis was the driver of the vehicle that brought the men to the Hawkins Street address. A friend of the victim had observed the alleged carjacking and followed the stolen vehicle. It is alleged that when the stolen vehicle was stopped in traffic, the victim’s friend approached the vehicle at which time the occupants, allegedly the juvenile and Embry, exited the vehicle and fled the scene. It is further alleged that as the victim’s friend moved her vehicle off the roadway, one of the defendant’s entered the victim’s friend’s car and drove away. An investigation conducted by the Downers Grove and Warrenville Police Departments led to Embry, Washington-Davis and the juvenile as suspects in the carjackings. Through the course of their investigation, authorities were able to apprehend the juvenile who was taken into custody on December 13. On December 17, authorities took Washington-Davis into custody from his apartment and several hours later authorities apprehended Embry in Chicago.
“It is alleged that for two weeks, Mr. Embry, Mr. Washington-Davis and their juvenile accomplice traveled to DuPage County on multiple occasions, threatened innocent people, one of whom is pregnant, at gunpoint and stole their vehicle. In DuPage County, we will not put up with this type of random, violent behavior. I would like to commend the Downers Grove and Warrenville Police Departments on their truly outstanding work on these cases. With the holiday season upon us, it is important that people feel safe while enjoying all that DuPage County has to offer. The teamwork demonstrated by Downers Grove and Warrenville demonstrates DuPage County law enforcement’s commitment to public safety and sends the message that in DuPage County if you commit the type of violent crime alleged in these cases you will be caught, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and if found guilty, you will spend a significant amount of time behind bars. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Kristin Sullivan and Nick Catizone for their work in preparing a strong case against each of these defendants.”
“I would like to thank our law enforcement partners for contributing their time, resources and expertise to this case.” Gillette said. “I would also like to thank the residents of Downers Grove who are truly our eyes and ears on the street and provided valuable information and evidence to further our investigation.”
“I would like to thank the victim in our case for quickly notifying the police of the situation,” Turano said. “I would also like to thank the Downers Grove, Chicago and Bolingbrook Police Departments for the teamwork displayed by all as well as the State’s Attorney’s Office for their legal guidance.”
Embry has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking, a Class X Felony. Washington-Davis has been charged with three counts of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking (Class X Felony) and one county of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Felony). The juvenile has been charged with one count of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking (Class X Felony), one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Class 4 Felony) and one count of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Felony). The State has informed the Court of its intention to file a motion to transfer the juvenile’s case to Adult Court.
If found guilty, Embry and Washington-Davis face a penalty of between twenty-two and forty-five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. If the juvenile is prosecuted as an adult and found guilty, he faces the same penalty.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendants’ guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.