DuPage County State’s Attorney
June 21, 2021
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that the second of two adults charged with attempting to steal a vehicle from the garage of a Downers Grove residence has been sentenced to sixteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Carlos Hendricks, 22 (d.o.b. 1/7/1999) of Chicago, appeared in court this afternoon where he entered a plea of guilty to one count of Attempt Vehicular Hijacking, a Class 1 Felony. On April 30, 2021, Hendricks’ co-defendant, Lamourice Shepherd, 22, also of Chicago, was sentenced to twelve years in the IDOC following his plea of guilty to the same charge. Last summer, two juveniles also involved each entered a plea of guilty to their roles in the incident and received sentences of an indeterminate period of time not to exceed their twenty-first birthday in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Hendricks entered his plea in front of Judge Daniel Guerin, who handed down the sentence.
On February 6, 2020, at approximately 4:15 a.m., Downers Grove Police Department officers responded to a call of “shots fired” on the 7400 block of Webster. An investigation into the matter alleges that an occupant of the residence was warming up their car when they observed through the front window a vehicle stopped in front of the home with its headlights off. It is alleged that two occupants of the vehicle, which was reported stolen out of Chicago, then exited the vehicle and began walking up the driveway of the victim’s house toward the car that was warming up. It is alleged that at this time, two residents of the home exited their house and confronted the two men. It is further alleged that the men then returned to their vehicle and that one of the juveniles who was an occupant of the vehicle pointed a gun at a female resident of the home and fired one shot in her direction. It is alleged that the vehicle then fled the scene. A short time later, a Darien police officer observed the vehicle allegedly involved in the matter and attempted to stop the vehicle at 75th and Cass in Darien. The vehicle allegedly refused to stop and the Darien police officer continued his pursuit. It is alleged that the vehicle entered northbound I-55 at which time the Illinois State Police continued pursuit. It is further alleged that the vehicle exited the expressway and crashed at Martin Luther King Drive in Chicago. The occupants of the vehicle, Shepherd, Hendricks and the two juveniles were taken into custody at this time. Police also recovered two handguns.
“As of this morning, all those involved in the violent attempt to steal a Downers Grove resident’s car have been brought to justice,” Berlin said. “While violent crimes such as this can leave a community feeling vulnerable, knowing that those responsible will pay for their crimes can go a long way in restoring a community’s sense of security. I commend the Downers Grove and Darien Police Departments as well as the Illinois State Police whose efforts led to the apprehension and detention of all four defendants involved. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Joe Lindt and Rob Willis for their efforts in ensuring that Mr. Hendricks and his co-defendant will be held responsible for their crimes.”
Hendricks will be required to serve 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.