Wheaton man charged with being armed habitual criminal

Bail was set at $150,000 Monday for a Wheaton man charged, for at least the second time, with being an armed habitual criminal.

Keith M. Summers, 26, of the 0-100 block of Wheaton Center, was arrested March 4 and charged in connection with a Feb. 24 shooting. He appeared in DuPage County bond call Saturday, and on Monday before Judge John Kinsella.

Assistant DuPage County State's Attorney Amanda Meindl asked that Summers be held without bail, but Kinsella set bail at $150,000. Summers will need to post $15,000 to be released while his case is pending.

At the time of his arrest, Summers was free on bond in two Cook County cases, according to the petition Meindl filed with the court.

The petition said that on Aug. 19, 2020, Summers was charged in Cook County with being an armed habitual criminal, as well as unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The petition said Summers posted bond in that case in October.

The petition said Summers was also charged in Cook County on Oct. 21, 2020 with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and posted bond on that case in December.

On March 4, state police were searching his girlfriend's apartment in the 0-100 block of Wheaton Center, while investigating a Feb. 24 shooting that had happened at I-55 and Cicero Avenue. The petition said Summers had lived there for three months, and that police found jeans with his ID, Social Security card and debit card, and a loaded 9 mm handgun nearby, all under a mattress. The gun had a 22-round ammunition magazine, and its serial number was defaced.

"As a two-time felon, who is currently out on bond on armed habitual criminal charges, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever that Mr. Summers should have been in possession of a handgun, as alleged in this case," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in a news release. "The allegation that Mr. Summers continued to break the law while on bond are outrageous and will be met with the full force of the law. The only way to protect the public from a man who has no regard for the rule of law and continues to commit violent crimes while on bond for violent crimes is to hold that individual in custody pending trial."

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