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posted: 8/24/2012 4:40 PM

Bartlett High School students charged in robbery, baseball bat beating

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  • Leon Gonzalez

    Leon Gonzalez

  • Deishaad Hamlin

    Deishaad Hamlin


Two Bartlett High School students were held Friday on charges stemming from a Hanover Park robbery in which the victim was beaten with a baseball bat.

Leon Gonzalez and Deishaad Hamlin, both 17, appeared in DuPage County bond court on robbery charges. Hamlin also faces charges of aggravated battery and marijuana possession.

The Bartlett teens are accused of robbing a man of his cellphone and car keys about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in Oakwood Park at Newport Boulevard and Newport Circle in Hanover Park.

Hamlin beat the victim with a baseball bat while Gonzalez acted as a getaway driver, Assistant State's Attorney Kevin Laude said in court. He said Hamlin admitted striking the man three times. Court records say the victim was beaten in the back, hand and shoulder.

"He was treated for bruises and a sprained finger at the hospital," Laude said.

Neither teen has a prior criminal record, he said, but they both had contact with law enforcement as juveniles. Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bail at $20,000 for Gonzalez, of the 300 block of Woodhollow Lane, and $40,000 for Hamlin, of the 900 block of Valley View Lane.

In court Friday, the teens identified themselves as students at Bartlett High School. They are scheduled to appear next month before Judge Robert Kleeman.

Robbery is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.

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