by P. J. McNeal, The Chicago Times

September 23, 2021

Rayshawn Marshall and Kentrell Strong

VILLA PARK, IL – Chicago crime is now invading the suburbs, bond has been set at $2 million for two Chicago thugs accused of kidnapping a 35-year-old woman in Villa Park at gunpoint.

Kentrell Strong, 18, and Rayshawn Marshall, 18, have been charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking and aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Villa Park officers responded to a call about a carjacking on Ardmore Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday.  The victim was sitting in the driver’s seat of her Jeep Cherokee in her driveway when two male subjects wearing hoodies and face masks approached the vehicle and asked the victim what time it was before opening her car door and pulling her out.  The second subject is said to have pointed a gun at her face while the two thugs dragged her out of the car and sped away.  Citizens of Chicago are well aware of the “What time is it” question that is then followed by a request for money, a train ticket home, or a mugging.

Officers from multiple agencies responded and assisted in the pursuit of the victim’s vehicle.  The thugs eventually exited I-290 on the 25th Avenue ramp, crashed their car, and fled on foot for about 500 yards before being arrested.

“Perpetrators who commit a vehicular hijacking, i.e. “Car-Jacking,” usually take the victim’s vehicle by force. In this case, our victim was shown a weapon, which left her visibly shaken and terrified of bodily harm.  This or any other stolen vehicle is then used to commit other violent crimes at a later date.  This is why it is critical to apprehend those who commit this type of crime.  We would like to express our gratitude to the Villa Park Officers and Investigators, as well as the numerous other law enforcement agencies who assisted in apprehending the subjects.  We would also like to thank State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for working together to bring these charges to fruition.  “Let this case serve as a reminder that we will use all available resources to bring violent offenders to justice,” said Villa Park Police Chief Michael Rivas.

If found guilty, thugs Strong and Marshall face a sentence of 21 to 45 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Thug Marshall’s next court appearance is set for October 20, 2021, while Thug Strong’s next court date is set for October 21, 2021.

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