FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2017
Bond Set at $2 Million for Woman Accused of Setting Fire to Roselle Townhome
WHEATON - DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Roselle Chief of Police Steve Herron announced that bond has been set for an Elgin woman accused of setting fire to a Roselle Townhouse and attacking one of the occupants of the residence. Chevaz Odio, 28 (d.o.b. 12/10/1988) appeared in bond court yesterday afternoon where Judge Brian Jacobs set bond at $2 million with 10% to apply. Odio has been charged with one count of Attempt Murder (Class X Felony), two counts of Aggravated Arson, (Class X Felony), one count of Home Invasion (Class X Felony) and one count of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Felony).
At approximately 2:30 a.m., July 25, 2017, firefighters with the Roselle Fire Department responded to a call of a fire on Circle Avenue in Roselle. It is alleged that at approximately 2 a.m. Odio entered the townhouse and was confronted by a female occupant of the home. It is alleged that after a brief verbal altercation, Odio stabbed the woman several times with a sharp knife-like object and attempted to suffocate her with a plastic bag. The woman was able to free herself from the alleged attack and retreated to an upstairs room. It is alleged that Odio then started a fire on the first floor of the townhouse before fleeing in a vehicle that was parked in the driveway that did not belong to her. The woman and another occupant of the townhome were forced to jump from the second floor of the townhouse to escape the fire. An investigation led to Odio who was taken into custody that afternoon without incident.
“It is alleged that in the early morning hours last Tuesday, Chevaz Odio broke into a Roselle townhome, stabbed one of the occupants and then set fire to the home while two individuals were upstairs, forcing them to jump from a second story window to escape the flames,” Berlin said. “Thankfully the injuries sustained by both victims are not life-threatening. This outrageous behavior will not be tolerated in DuPage County and will be met with the full force of the law. Thanks to the outstanding collaborative work of several law enforcement agencies Ms. Odio was identified as a suspect and taken into custody later that same day. I would like to thank Commander Bill Lyons of the DuPage County Fire Investigation Task Force, Detective Dan Torza of the Elmhurst Police Department and detectives with the Roselle Police Department for their outstanding work on the this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Jae Kwon for his work in preparing a strong case against this defendant.”
Chief Herron of the Roselle Police Department noted “This is an example of multiple police and fire departments coming together providing aid to the injured, protecting the properties threatened by the fire and to ultimately bring this case to a rapid and successful conclusion with the arrest of Ms. Odio. We thank the officers and detectives of the agencies who assisted by providing outstanding police work during this investigation.”
Odio’s next court appearance is scheduled for August 21, 2017, in front of Judge George Bakalis.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.