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St. Charles teen’s armed robbery, battery cases continue

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 10:36 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 10:40 p.m. CST

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A St. Charles teen who faces charges including aggravated battery and armed robbery returned to court Wednesday, this time with his parents and a new lawyer.

Attorney Joseph Agnello began representing the 17-year-old sometime after the teen's previous court appearance on June 17. On that date, he appeared with Wally Werderich of the Kane County Public Defender's Office, but Werderich was not representing him in all of his cases.

The 17-year-old appeared Wednesday before Judge Thomas Mueller in juvenile court for a status hearing, wearing a bright blue jail shirt and dark pants. He also was accompanied by two customary transport officers.

The teen, along with Kayla N. Magnuson, 22, of Geneva, was charged with felony counts of robbery and armed robbery along with retail theft, a misdemeanor, in connection with an armed robbery that took place June 11 at the Batavia Wal-Mart at 801 N. Randall Road, according to court documents.

The teen faces additional charges of two counts of burglary, one count of felony retail theft, one count of misdemeanor retail theft and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. Those charges are in connection to incidents that involve the St. Charles locations of Meijer, 855 S. Randall Road, and Wal-Mart, 150 Smith Road, according to St. Charles police.

After the teen was charged and held in custody at the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center's detention center wing, he was charged with four counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault in connection to a June 15 incident with Kane County sheriff's deputies, according to a synopsis read in court June 17.

During the court hearing, Mueller said that the teen is in the custody of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, which includes the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles and located down the street from where juvenile court is held.

Agnello quietly spoke to the teen while they were still in front of Mueller before the boy was taken away.

The teen's next court date is scheduled for Aug. 13. Magnuson's next court date is July 18.

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