Florida man accused of stealing vehicle at Oakbrook Center

  • Anthony Riola

    Anthony Riola

 
Daily Herald report

A Florida man faces numerous charges after authorities said he tried to steal a woman's car at knifepoint and then took another vehicle at Oakbrook Center.

Anthony Riola, 39, was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, armed violence, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and theft over $10,000, authorities said. His bail was set at $500,000 Monday by DuPage County Judge Brian Telander.

Authorities said Riola approached a woman seated in her car at the mall around 11:50 a.m. Saturday, showed her a knife and told her to give him her car. He entered the car after the woman fled but didn't have the keys and was unable to start it, authorities said.

They said Riola then approached a valet parking attendant and entered a running vehicle and drove away while the attendant and owner stood nearby.

Riola was apprehended in Chicago later that day.

"My office will do everything within our power to ensure that DuPage County residents will not have to worry about their personal safety while out shopping, dining or otherwise enjoying themselves this holiday season," DuPage State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in a written statement.

Riola's arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 28 in front of Judge George Bakalis.

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