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Parolee charged with attempted burglary in Elmhurst

Ivan Mendez is accused of driving to Elmhurst in a stolen vehicle and trying to break into a garage weeks after being released from prison.

Ivan Mendez is facing several charges for an Aug. 26, 2019, incident in Elmhurst.
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A Chicago man on parole is accused of trying to break into the garage of a home in West Suburban Elmhurst while in possession of a stolen vehicle.

Ivan Mendez, 22, is charged with one count of attempted burglary, one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and other misdemeanor charges including resisting arrest, according to a statement from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

Ivan Mendez is charged with attempted burglary
Ivan Mendez
DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

About 1:20 a.m. Monday, Elmhurst police responded to 895 Washington Street for reports of a suspicious vehicle parked in a driveway, prosecutors said. When they arrived, officers found a Nissan Rogue SUV that had been reported stolen several weeks earlier.

A few minutes later, an officer spotted Mendez walking out of a backyard on Van Buren Street near the Nissan, prosecutors said. He ran when the officer tried to make contact.

Around 8 a.m. the same day, Mendez ran from officers who spotted him walking on St. Charles Road, prosecutors said. He was found in a garage in Villa Park and taken into custody.

An investigation determined Mendez had allegedly driven to Elmhurst in the stolen vehicle to break into the garage of a home on Van Buren, prosecutors said.

His bond was set at $100,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court on Sep. 20.