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Court Detains Two Chicago Men Charged with Burglary to a Motor Vehicle/Leading Police on 120-MPH High-Speed Chase

May 16, 2024

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Oak Brook Chief of Police Brian Strockis announced today that Judge Joshua Dieden has granted the State’s motion to deny pre-trial release for two Chicago men accused of stealing two chainsaws from a truck and then leading police on a high-speed chase. Kawann Moore, 39 (d.o.b. 4/25/1985) of the 6000 block of S. Calumet Avenue, appeared at First Appearance Court this afternoon charged with one count of Burglary (Class 2 Felony), one count of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding a Police Officer – Prior Conviction (Class 3 Felony) and two counts of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding a Police Officer (Class 4 Felony). Moore’s co-defendant, Richard Pegue, 35 (d.o.b. 5/6/1989) of the 3200 block of Arthington Street, Chicago. Pegue also appeared at First Appearance Court this morning charged with one count of Burglary (Class 2 Felony) and two counts of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding a Police Officer (Class 4 Felony).

On May 15, 2024, at approximately 12:17 p.m., Lombard police responded to a call at 125 S. Lombard Avenue for a burglary to a motor vehicle where two chainsaws, valued at approximately $200 each, were stolen. A short time later, an Oak Brook police officer located a vehicle suspected to be involved in the burglary near 31st Street and Midwest Club Parkway. It is alleged that when the officer began following the vehicle, a gold minivan, the driver of the minivan, later identified as Moore, began driving into oncoming traffic near 39th Street and Glendenning Road. The officer immediately activated his emergency lights and sirens at which time Moore allegedly fled from the officer. It is alleged that during the pursuit, Moore reached speeds of approximately 120 mph on I-55, where he nearly struck a motorcyclist, and approximately 100 mph in a 35 mph-zone on Ogden Avenue. It is further alleged that Moore violated multiple traffic control devices along Ogden Avenue during the pursuit. The vehicular pursuit ended when both men allegedly exited the vehicle on foot near 80th Place and Howard Avenue in Willow Springs in a school zone while children were outside for recess. Pegue was taken into custody near the school after a brief foot pursuit. Moore allegedly fled into a nearby wooded area and was taken into custody a short time later after a homeowner called 9-1-1 to report that he was holding Moore at gunpoint after he discovered Moore hiding in his backyard where his nine-year-old child was playing. Moore fled the homeowner back to the wooded area where he was apprehended by authorities. When searching the minivan, authorities found two chainsaws in the vehicle. Following an investigation into the burglary, it is alleged that Pegue stole the chainsaws from the bed of the truck, entered the minivan driven by Moore and then both men fled the scene.      

“The dangerous behavior allegedly exhibited by the defendants in this case is extremely alarming,” Berlin said. “The allegations that in the middle of the afternoon these men traveled at 100 mph on a busy local road and 120 mph on the expressway, nearly hitting a motorcyclist, put the public and the officers involved at great risk. What I find particularly disturbing are the allegations that not only did the defendants flee on foot near a school while children were outside for recess, one of the defendants was caught in a residential backyard where a child was playing outside. I applaud the Oak Brook Police Department once again for doing what they do best – arresting anyone who threatens public safety. I thank the Lombard Police Department and multiple agencies from both DuPage County and Cook County for their assistance in this case. I thank the Illinois State Police and the Department of Homeland Security for air support as well as the Oak Brook, Villa Park and Bloomingdale Police Department’s and Cook County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 Units for their assistance. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Alexandria Levan and Michael Pingaj for their work in securing charges against defendants.           
“Once again criminals fooled around in Oak Brook and they found out that if you come here with bad intentions, we will find you, pursue you, arrest you and you will be prosecuted,” Strockis said. “The response to this incident, getting both offenders in custody was nothing short of impressive. The officers displayed determination and a methodical process as they maintained a challenging perimeter until they located the second offender and took him into custody. This should serve as a strong example of the lengths the Oak Brook Police Department will go to bring all offenders to justice. The use of K9’s, drones and helicopters assisted in this difficult search, and I would like to thank all the officers from multiple agencies that assisted in this incident. I’d also like to thank State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and his team for their assistance and guidance in this case and State’s Attorney Berlin’s continued strong stance against criminal activity in DuPage County.”

The next court appearance for both Moore and Pegue is scheduled for June 10, 2024, 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 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.  

Moore, KawannPegue, Richard 

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