Armed robber wears woman’s wig to try to evade detective watching Elmhurst apartment – ​​Cardinal News

Armed robber wears woman’s wig to try to evade detective watching Elmhurst apartment – ​​Cardinal News

Bennie Gates charged with armed robbery with a firearm (DuPage County District Attorney's Office)
Bennie Gates, charged with armed robbery with a firearm after a man allegedly took him from Chicago to Elmhurst (DuPage County District Attorney’s Office).

DuPage County Prosecutor Robert Berlin and Elmhurst Police Chief Michael McLean announced Sunday, July 7, 2024, that Judge Jeffrey MacKay has granted the state’s motion to deny pretrial release to a Chicago resident accused of robbing a man at gunpoint outside an Elmhurst apartment complex. Bennie Gates, 19, of the 6100 block of South Loomis Boulevard in Chicago, appeared in First Appearance Court this morning, charged with one count of armed robbery with a firearm, a Class X felony.

Bennie Gates was also charged with criminal damage to property valued under $500 and obstructing a police officer, firefighter or prison employee.


On Friday, July 5, 2024, at approximately 7:09 a.m., Elmhurst Police Officers on patrol in the area of ​​Berkely Avenue and St. Charles Road were stopped by an individual who told officers he had just been robbed by an armed man, later identified as Bennie Gates. During their investigation, officers learned that the victim had offered Gates a ride to Elmhurst for $40 after picking him up at the Chicago Greyhound Bus Station. Reportedly, when the victim dropped Gates off at the Elmhurst Terrace Apartments, Gates exited the vehicle, walked around to the driver’s side, pulled a handgun from his waistband, and told the victim, “You didn’t know I had a gun, did you?”

Elmhurst Terrace Apartments are located on St Charles Road, just east of Kingery Highway (Route 83).


Bennie Gates allegedly demanded that the victim return his $40 bill and asked him to retrieve his suitcase from the trunk, which he did. Gates then left the area, walking east on Fellows Court. Several hours later, while conducting surveillance on an apartment where they believed Gates was inside, an Elmhurst detective observed an Uber pull up to the apartment and what appeared to be a woman wearing a bomber jacket, long hair and a beanie exit the apartment and get into the Uber vehicle. The detective followed the Uber vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, according to the DuPage County District Attorney’s Office. After making contact with the Uber passenger, the detective identified the passenger as a man wearing a wig. The man, later identified as Gates, allegedly fled the detective across six lanes of traffic. Using a helicopter, K-9 officers and drones, authorities located and apprehended Gates who was hiding in a separate garage nearby.

“It is alleged that Mr. Gates robbed an innocent man at gunpoint who had just given him a ride home from Chicago. It is further alleged that once Mr. Gates learned that law enforcement was looking for him, he attempted to flee the scene in an Uber disguised as a woman. Thanks to the vigilance and outstanding and careful work of the Elmhurst Police Department, Mr. Gates’ attempt to disguise himself as a woman fooled no one. Fortunately, the victim in this case was not injured. I thank the Chicago Police Department for helicopter air support, the Elmhurst Police Department for drone air support, and the Bloomingdale Police Department, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, and West Chicago Police Department for K-9 support. I also thank the Villa Park, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, and Addison Police Departments for their assistance. The collaborative work of these law enforcement agencies sends the message that in DuPage County, we will use every tool at our disposal to ensure public safety. I also thank Assistant District Attorneys Michael Pingaj and Philip Ungar for their work in building a strong case against the defendant.

— Robert B. Berlin, DuPage County District Attorney


“This arrest is a testament to the diligence of our officers, who work tirelessly to protect the community. The fact that this individual remained in hiding for approximately ten hours while detectives conducted surveillance of the search area demonstrates their unwavering commitment to protecting Elmhurst from dangerous criminal activity. Thank you to the officers involved in this case for their vigilance and to our community partners who alerted police when they saw suspicious activity in their neighborhood. I also thank District Attorney Bob Berlin and his staff for their continued support.”

—Elmhurst Police Chief Michael McLean

Gates’ next court appearance is scheduled for July 29, 2024, for his arraignment before Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh.

The public is reminded that this complaint contains accusations only and does not constitute proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which the burden is on the government to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

— DuPage County District Attorney’s Office

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