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3 charged after woman beaten, robbed in Long Grove

(Left to right): Jovanni Mora, 21, Juan A. Colon, 24, and Neslye Y. Palacios-Flores, 23.

Three people have been charged with beating and robbing an 18-year-old woman in Long Grove after they offered the woman a ride home from a party, police said.

Jovanni Mora, 21, Neslye Y. Palacios-Flores, 23, and Juan A. Colon, 24, all of the 400 block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Waukegan, were charged with robbery, aggravated battery, and unlawful restraint.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office took a report on January 25 regarding an 18-year-old woman who was battered and robbed. The woman had attended a party at a hotel in Mundelein with Mora, Colon and Palacios-Flores.

Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that the victim and the three suspects were involved in a argument at the party.

The victim asked the three for a ride to her home in Arlington Heights and Mora, Colon, and Palacios-Flores gave her the ride but allegedly devised a plan to rob the woman, Covelli said.

The three suspects pulled the car over in a secluded area near Arlington Heights Road and Checker Road in Long Grove. The victim was forcefully removed from the car before being punched and kicked in the head and body, Covelli said.

“Money was stolen from her pockets during the attack. The victim was then forcefully pushed back into the vehicle,” Covelli said.

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A short distance later, the vehicle slid off the roadway and into a ditch. Colon and Mora exited the vehicle to push it out, and the victim was able to escape and flag down a passing motorist.

The victim received medical attention after the attack. Arrest warrants were issued for the three suspects on February 26.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Team and U.S. Marshals Service learned that Mora, Colon, and Palacios-Flores were living together in an apartment in Waukegan.

Deputies attempted to serve the warrants on Friday and began knocking on the front door of the residence.

“Warrants deputies heard the three conversing about stalling the deputies to devise a plan to escape from the residence,” Covelli said.

Colon attempted flee out of a first floor window but he retreated and crawled back in the window when he was confronted by police. Mora, Colon, and Palacios-Flores were all taken into custody.

The three remain held in the Lake County Jail. Palacios-Flores remains held on a $50,000 bond, Mora on a $100,000 bond, and Colon on a $125,000 bond.


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