“The allegations against these three defendants are very serious and will be handled appropriately,” Berlin said. “Thanks to the outstanding efforts and teamwork of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Wheaton and Winfield Police Department, the defendants in this case were quickly identified and apprehended. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney’s Helen Kapas and Alyssa Rabulinski for their work on this case the past several days.”
“This type of reckless behavior will not be tolerated in DuPage County,” Mendrick said. “Through joint investigations with our Office, the State’s Attorney’s Office and both the Wheaton and Winfield Police Departments, we were able to identify everyone involved and build a conclusive case against the perpetrators. I'm thankful that no one got hurt and commend the teamwork across the different agencies involved.”
"Detectives from the Wheaton Police Department worked closely with members of DuPage County Sheriff Jim Mendrick's office, DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin's office and the Winfield Police Department to take three suspects into custody,” Murphy said. “The investigation will continue to ensure all involved parties to the crime are held accountable. Thankfully no one was harmed during these crimes.”
“I would like to thank the members of the Wheaton Police Department, who took lead on this investigation,” Schar said. “This investigation required the teamwork of the Wheaton Police Department, the Winfield Police Department, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office in order to bring it to a successful conclusion. Everyone involved put in a lot of work in to identify these individuals before someone got hurt.”
The next court appearance for Kozie is scheduled for July 11, 2019 for arraignment. The next court appearance for Abendroth is scheduled for July 9, 2019, for arraignment. The next court appearance for Halstead is scheduled for July 8, 2019 for arraignment.
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.