Two suspects charged with the robbery of Vinny’s Pizza delivery driver

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter

DeKALB – Two suspects were charged for the armed robbery of a Vinny’s Pizza delivery driver on April 19.

An investigation occurred after a report that two armed individuals held the Vinny’s Pizza driver at gunpoint around 227 West Locust Street on Wednesday night. Jacques Alexander, an 18-year-old resident of DeKalb, was identified as one of the offenders after an investigation by the DeKalb Police Department. An arrest warrant was issued on Thursday for his arrest, with plans to look for a lead for the second offender.

On April 20, the DeKalb Police Department attempted to arrest Alexander at the 100 block of West Lincoln Highway where Alexander and two unknown suspects attempted to flee, leading to a foot chase by officers.

Anthony Hernandez, an 18-year-old from Cortland, IL, was identified after the three suspects were apprehended. Officers recovered a 9 mm Glock semi-automatic pistol from Hernandez’s backpack, believed to be the gun used in the robbery. Hernandez was also charged for possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card.

The third suspect, an unnamed 17-year-old minor, was arrested after he was found with an outstanding nationwide no-bond warrant for armed robbery in the state of Iowa.

If convicted, Alexander could face up to 15 years in prison for aggravated robbery with a firearm.

Hernandez could face up to five years in prison for his largest charge of possessing a weapon and ammunition without a FOID card with his other charges of resisting an officer and the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

The two offenders are currently being held at the DeKalb County Jail. The wanted minor is being held at River Valley Juvenile Detention Center.