Three teens were charged after allegedly robbing a 13-year-old at knifepoint during a drug deal gone bad in Lake Forest Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Kevon L. Jones, 18, of the 1900 block of Ashland Ave in Evanston, was charged with aggravated robbery, and two 17-year-old boys, whose names will not be released because they are under 18, were also charged with aggravated robbery.
The Lake Forest Police Department responded around 2 p.m. Tuesday to the 400 block of East Westminster Avenue for a reported armed robbery.
Lake Forest Deputy Police Chief Rob Copeland said that officers learned a 13-year-old juvenile had been the victim of an armed robbery following a drug deal gone bad between juveniles from both Lake Forest and Evanston.
“Police were able to obtain a description of the offenders and the vehicle they were last seen driving in and broadcast it out to all local police agencies,” Copeland said.
Highland Park police patrolling southbound Route 41 located the vehicle and a traffic stop was conducted, resulting in the three offenders being taken into custody, Copeland said.
Property from the victim was located inside the suspect vehicle. The knife allegedly used by one of the offenders during the robbery was located by Illinois State Police along the Edens Expressway after it was thrown out the window.
Following an extensive investigation by detectives, who conducted interviews with victims, witnesses and the offenders, charges were approved by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, Copeland said.
Jones remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $75,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court again on August 27. The two 17-year-old juveniles were transported to the Hulse Detention Center in Vernon Hills.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Lake Forest Police Department Detective Shiu at 847-810-3974.