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Bond set at $25K for Geneva woman charged in armed robbery

Kayla N. Magnuson
Kayla N. Magnuson

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A Kane County judge Thursday set bond at $25,000 for a Geneva woman facing charges in connection to an armed robbery early Wednesday at the Batavia Walmart at 801 N. Randall Road.

Kayla N. Magnuson, 22, of Geneva, appeared before Judge William Parkhurst at the morning bond call at the Kane County Judicial Center. Parkhurst set the bond amount, with 10 percent needed to apply, over the objection of Assistant State's Attorney Divya Sarang.

Magnuson and a 17-year-old St. Charles boy have been charged with felony counts of robbery and armed robbery along with retail theft, a misdemeanor. The charges are in connection with an armed robbery early Wednesday morning at the Batavia Walmart, according to court documents.

A man who identified himself as Magnuson's uncle told Parkhurst that he intended to post the $2,500 bail for Magnuson. He did not identify himself by name during the hearing and declined to identify himself or comment after he left the courtroom.

If Magnuson's family would post bail, Magnuson would be released on electronic home monitoring under several conditions. She is not to have any contact with the St. Charles teen, who Parkhurst said is the accused co-defendant in the case.

"You are very lucky to have an uncle that's here to help you," Parkhurst said to Magnuson during the hearing. "Try to make yourself worthy of [his] trust."

The teen was transported Wednesday to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center in St. Charles Township. Further information on the teen's status Thursday could not be released because he is a juvenile.

Magnuson, who wore an orange jail uniform in court, remained in custody at the Kane County Jail as of Thursday afternoon. She smiled briefly when she entered the room but looked at Parkhurst with a straight face as he explained the court process and read a synopsis of the case.

While at the Batavia Walmart on Wednesday, Magnuson stole a pair of scissors to remove a security tag while the teen removed a 32-inch Vizio flatscreen TV worth less than $300, according to court records.

Magnuson and the teen passed the last point of purchase and were confronted by an employee. The teen then displayed a long machete and told the employee “do you really want me to go back to the register,” court records said.

Shortly afterward, another employee confronted the two and the teen told the second employee that he would stab her in the face, according to the records. Batavia police at 5:58 a.m. were dispatched to the store while the theft was in progress.

A few hours later, a Geneva patrol officer noticed the vehicle parked in the 300 block of Brittany Court. Police from Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles were able to determine the location of Magnuson and the teen and arrested them.

The two also are connected with robberies at the Meijer and Walmart stores in St. Charles on Wednesday morning, according to St. Charles Police Cmdr. Jerry Gatlin.

Sarang did not make mention the St. Charles stores by name, but said Wednesday that she expects additional charges to be filed from other police departments, including St. Charles.

The incident still is under investigation, said Lisa Blackwell, St. Charles Police spokeswoman. Blackwell said she had no other information available to release Thursday.

Along with the no-contact order with the boy, Magnuson's bond conditions prohibit her from possessing any firearms or dangerous weapons. She is to stay away from the Walmart employees from the incident and stay at least 150 feet away from all Walmart stores. Sarang also asked that Magnuson have drug and alcohol monitoring, which will be at the discretion of court services.

Parkhurst set Magnuson's next court date for July 18.

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