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Detroit man pleads not guilty to Oak Brook mall robbery attempt

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A Detroit man who was shot after police say he smashed a jewelry case at Oakbrook Center mall pleaded not guilty Monday to attempt armed robbery and burglary.

Levert Jones, 24, was formally arraigned in front of DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said.

Jones was shot by a security guard last month after he used a handheld sledgehammer to shatter a glass jewelry case at C.D. Peacock at Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook, police said.

Authorities said two accomplices fled and remain at large.

Jones underwent surgery and was hospitalized under police guard for about a week before being formally charged. He remained jailed Monday on $500,000 bail and is due back in court next week on a bond reduction motion, defense attorney Justin Sather said.

The investigation to identify the other two suspects is ongoing, Oak Brook police officer Erica Huff said Monday.

"Our detectives have been communicating with various jurisdictions throughout the country," she said.

Police described the missing suspects as black men in their late 20s or early 30s. One was described as heavyset, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 230 pounds with a tattoo on the right side of his neck and wearing a black T-shirt. The other was described as 5 feet 11 inches tall and 160 pounds with a "heavy beard" and wearing a white T-shirt.

To report information, call (630) 368-8760.

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