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March 20, 2009 permalink
Three teenagers held against their will at a home in Illinois tied up their social worker and escaped with her money and her car.
Teens arrested here face serious charges
Posted: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2009, BY: EMILY CURTIS Staff Writer
DIXON — Late Sunday evening, three teens housed in the Nachusa Lutheran Home in Dixon have been charged with armed robbery after they allegedly tied up a social worker and escaped the scene with her car.
According to Lee County Sheriff John Varga, the sheriff’s office was notified that a 911 call had been received from the Nachusa Lutheran Home regarding an armed robbery at approximately 11:51 p.m. on March 15.
Varga stated three male teens, armed with a putty knife, allegedly cornered a social worker in her office at the facility and tied her up with duct tape and Ace bandages. They then reportedly stole her money and took her vehicle to flee the scene.
An alert was put out to surrounding law enforcement agencies, Varga said. Shortly after the incident took place, the teens were located and apprehended in the Rochelle area.
Rochelle Deputy Chief Eric Higby said the males were taken into custody at about 12:51 p.m. on Monday, March 16 after a traffic stop was initiated on First Avenue. Higby noted the Ogle County Sheriff’s Police, Illinois State Police and the Rochelle Police Department participated in the traffic stop and assisted at the scene.
The teens were identified as two 16-year-old juveniles and 17-year-old Adam Malik. Varga said the two 16-year-olds were taken to the Mary Davis Home Knox County Juvenile Detention Center where they remain, pending court appearances. Malik was taken to Lee County Jail. He did not post the $200,000 bond and remains in custody. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. March 25.
Varga noted the investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending. All three teens were reportedly staying at the Nachusa Lutheran Home, which provides various services to troubled families and youths.
Source: Rochelle News-Leader (Illinois)