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State's Motion to Deny Pre-Trial Release Granted for Chicago Convicted Felon Facing Multiple Gun and Drug Offenses

December 7, 2023

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Lombard Chief of Police Tom Wirsing announced today that Judge Joshua Dieden granted the State’s motion to deny pre-trial release for a Chicago convicted felon charged with multiple gun and drug offenses. Denzel Guajardo-Ross, 30 (d.o.b. 12/2/1993) of the 1500 block of W. Morse Avenue, appeared at First Appearance Court this morning charged with one count of Armed Habitual Criminal (Class X Felony), one count of Armed Violence (Class X Felony), one count of Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine (Class X Felony), one count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine (Class 1 Felony), one count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Class 2 Felony), one count of Unlawful Use/Possession of a Weapon by a Felon (Class 3 Felony) and one count of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding (Class 4 Felony).

On December 6, 2023, at approximately 3:30 p.m., an officer with the Lombard Police Department responded to a call regarding a blue Ford that had allegedly disobeyed a red light and had heavy front-end damage that was parked near the Zenleaf dispensary located at 783 Butterfield Road. It is alleged that the driver of the Ford, later identified as Guajardo-Ross, exited the Zenleaf dispensary, entered the Ford and exited the parking lot, at which time the officer followed behind. It is alleged that the officer observed Guajardo-Ross commit a lane violation and activated her emergency lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop. It is alleged that instead of pulling over, Guajardo-Ross accelerated at a high rate of speed eastbound on Butterfield Road. The officer continued pursuing the vehicle, which allegedly committed multiple traffic violations. The officer terminated pursuit. It is alleged that after the officer ended the pursuit, she observed Guajardo-Ross attempt to drive between two eastbound vehicles on Butterfield Road at which time he crashed his car into several occupied vehicles. It is alleged that when the officer arrived at the crash, Guajardo-Ross exited the car and fled on foot with a handgun. After a brief foot pursuit, Guajardo-Ross was taken into custody in the area of Camden Court and Butterfield Road. When canvassing the scene, with assistance from an Oak Brook K9 officer, officers found a loaded Glock 43 9mm handgun with a fully loaded magazine approximately fifty feet away from where Guajardo-Ross was taken into custody and along the path that he took when fleeing from officers on foot. Officers also located fifteen grams of cocaine in the center console of the Ford.

“There is no question whatsoever that under Illinois law, as a convicted felon, Denzel Guajardo-Ross is prohibited from possessing a gun,” Berlin said. “It is alleged however, that not only was Mr. Guajardo-Ross in possession of a loaded weapon, he was also found to be in possession of fifteen grams of cocaine and attempted to flee from authorities at a high rate of speed on a busy street in the middle of the afternoon during the holiday shopping season before crashing his car into other occupied vehicles. Thankfully, Mr. Guajardo-Ross’ alleged criminal activity did not cause serious physical harm to any innocent motorists or bystanders. I commend the Lombard Police Department for their outstanding work in the apprehension of the defendant in this case and for their continued efforts in keeping our communities safe. I thank the Oakbrook Terrace, Villa Park and Oak Brook Police Departments for their assistance. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Alexandria Levan and Andrew Poncer for their work in securing charges against Mr. Guajardo-Ross.”

“We are proud of our officers’ actions in apprehending this dangerous suspect,” Wirsing said. “We would like to thank the Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace and Villa Park Police Departments for their assistance on scene. Thank you to State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and his office for all of their help on this case.”

Guajardo-Ross’ next court appearance is scheduled for December 18, 2023, for arraignment in front of Judge Mia McPherson.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Guajardo-Ross, Denzel

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