A 17-year-old was charged as an adult in connection with a robbery that left a man with gunshot wounds to his upper thigh, according to police and court records.
On March 24, Nikko M. Luna of the first block of South Margaret Street in Joliet was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and armed robbery.
Will County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney said the aggravated battery charge is excluded from juvenile court under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 and will be tried in adult court.
Luna and 20-year-old Edwin Sanchez were arrested March 22 after they stole a cellphone from a man who was trying to sell it to them, police said.
The victim had used an online app to sell the phone and met with Sanchez and Luna in person, police said.
The victim was found by officers in the front yard of a home on Audrey Avenue with two gunshot wounds to his upper thigh, police said. He was taken to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center where he was treated for injuries that were not life threatening, police said.
A criminal complaint alleged Luna shot the man and then took his iPhone 11 Pro Max.
During the investigation, the officers found Luna at his home and saw he was holding a firearm, police said. He dropped the firearm after officers ordered him to do so and he was arrested.
Sanchez was charged with stealing the man’s iPhone and obstruction of justice.
Cheney said Luna was taken to River Valley Juvenile Detention Center after his arrest. A judge set his bond at $500,000.