Bond set in Will County for 4 accused of robbing Joliet Township partygoers
By Janet Lundquist firstname.lastname@example.org March 18, 2013 5:46PM
Updated: April 20, 2013 6:35AM
Four men accused of robbing fellow partygoers at a Joliet Township house over the weekend appeared in Will County court via video feed from the county jail Monday afternoon.
Judge Roger Rickmon set bond at $250,000 for Deathray V. Anderson, 22, of 222 Anderson Ave., and Mitchell M. Thompson, 18, of 1614 Fifth Ave.
Bond was set at $150,000 for Rodney G. Parks, 22, of 1508 Fairmont Ave., and $110,000 for Elijah J. Watson, 17, of 160 Wallace St.
Each faces three counts of armed robbery, while Parks and Anderson also face a count of possession of a weapon by a felon.
A fifth man arrested in the weekend robbery does not face charges in the incident.
Authorities say police were called about 3:30 a.m. to a house in the 100 block of South Park Road where a group had been socializing until four men wearing dark clothing came in.
The group was friendly for about a half hour, after which authorities say the four men covered their faces with bandannas, two pulled out guns, and demanded money, cell phones and wallets from the victims.
A witness living about a block away spotted the alleged getaway car and wrote down the license plate number.
Police were given a description of the car, which was stopped by police a short time later.
The registered owner was contacted and said she loaned her vehicle to Parks, authorities said.
Police learned that there were a few men who had just come to the owner’s residence that she didn’t know, so officers then went to the apartment.
There police found two guns they believe were used during the robbery and items that belonged to the victims.
Parks was paroled March 4 from Stateville with three months to serve on a conviction for aggravated discharge of a firearm in Will County in 2008.
Anderson is on parole for possession of a stolen firearm in Will County in 2009. He previously served time for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Jail records show Thompson was arrested on vandalism charges in 2011 and theft charges in 2012.
All four men charged in the incident are scheduled to appear in court April 8.
Contributing: Brian Stanley