He carjacked a man 6 days after a judge took him off electronic monitoring in another carjacking case, officials say

Isaiah Roach (DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office)

Six days after a Cook County judge removed Isaiah Roach’s ankle monitor in a pending carjacking case, Roach carjacked another driver in DuPage County, officials said today. Roach is getting a much less friendly reception in DuPage County compared to Cook County, where prosecutors didn’t even bother to ask a judge to keep him in custody on their carjacking case.

Morton Grove police arrested Roach on April 29 and charged him with two counts of carjacking for allegedly taking a man’s Nissan Maxima while displaying a replica firearm on March 28, according to court records.

During an initial court appearance on May 1, Cook County prosecutors didn’t ask Judge Anthony Calabrese to detain the 19-year-old, a necessary step under the SAFE-T Act, the records show. So, Calabrese released him on an ankle monitor.

On June 13, though, a different judge, Paul Pavlus, ordered the sheriff to remove Roach’s ankle monitor, but court records do not indicate why Pavlus made the move.

Just six days later, at 10:30 p.m. on June 19, Roach allegedly robbed and stole a man’s car during a Facebook Marketplace meet-up in Elmhurst.

Roach responded to the victim’s ad, which offered a vehicle for $14,000, and met the man outside the lobby of the Elmhurst police station, according to DuPage County officials. The men moved to a nearby grocery store to complete the transaction.

As security cameras rolled, Roach reached into his waistband and displayed a gun, officials said.

“Give me the keys if you ever want to see your family again,” he allegedly told the victim.

The victim tossed his key fob at Roach and ran to the customer service desk to call 911, according to a press release from DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin. Meanwhile, Roach went to the police station parking lot and drove away with the victim’s car.

Evanston police officers arrested Roach as he pumped gas into the tank.

“In DuPage County, we have zero tolerance for the type of armed violence as alleged in this case, and we will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law,” Berlin said.

Unlike their Cook County colleagues, DuPage prosecutors asked Judge Joshua Dieden to detain Roach as a safety risk. He granted that request.

Roach faces charges of armed robbery, possessing a stolen motor vehicle, and theft.

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