Man Who Allegedly Careened Through Downtown Elmhurst Smashing Into Cars is Charged

Anthony Joyner of Georgia and his alleged girlfriend are facing multiple charges.

Police say Anthony Joyner of Georgia is the man who caused extensive damage Tuesday as he sped through downtown Elmhurst in an attempt to escape police. (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff's Office)
Police say Anthony Joyner of Georgia is the man who caused extensive damage Tuesday as he sped through downtown Elmhurst in an attempt to escape police. (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff's Office)

Police have announced charges against the man who caused damage to multiple vehicles in downtown Elmhurst Tuesday while attempting to escape police.

Anthony Joyner, 33, of Atlanta, Ga., is being held on $40,000 bond at DuPage County Jail. He is facing the following charges: 

  • two counts of felony unlawful possession of a fraudulent drivers license
  • misdemeanor aggravated assault against a police officer
  • misdemeanor domestic battery
  • misdemeanor fleeing and eluding police
  • misdemeanor attempted obstruction of justice
  • leaving the scene of an accident
  • driving without a valid license

On Tuesday afternoon at Springhill Suites, 410 W. Lake St., Joyner allegedly punched Tiffany Wallace, 26, of Fischer, Ind., in the face. She is believed to be his girlfriend. He reportedly fled southbound on York Road into downtown Elmhurst, where he crashed into a total of eight cars, including an unmarked police car, and injured one driver who was taken to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. 

Police said he fled on foot, attempted to scale a wooden fence, then used a fence board to threaten officers.

Read the full story here: Police Release More Information About Mayhem in Downtown Elmhurst Tuesday

Wallace also is charged with two counts of misdemeanor attempted possession of a fictitious drivers license. She was released on I-bond.

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CheKeroauc December 11, 2013 at 02:11 PM
We'll never be 'safe' again no matter where we live. The low life's, losers and degenerates have taken over.
Steven Bayne December 11, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Couple of misdemeanors and a couple of license violations. And they shut down the downtown area for this?!
Mark C December 11, 2013 at 05:53 PM
I would think it's serious enough to warrant shutting down the area considering he hit 8 cars. Also I'm surprised that aggravated assault against a police officer is only considered a misdemeanor.
David Junk December 11, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Jan 1, 2014 - Concealed carry goes into effect. They will think twice before committing a crime.
Mark C December 12, 2013 at 09:56 AM
Honestly I'm a little surprised at the comments here. I just recently moved to the area so my wife would feel safer and for the schools. I spent my life on the edges of Chicago and traveled the World and never been a victim of crime, other than my bike getting stolen when I was a kid. I agree CheKeroauc, that no matter where you go you can be a victim of crime, but Elmhurst is far from being taken over by degenerates. David, how much violent crime is there in Elmhurst that conceal and carry will prevent? If you don't feel safe on your block get to know your neighbors, organize a neighborhood watch, and if you see something suspicious don't hesitate to call the police. There is only one way to keep Elmhurst safe and that's through its citizens. Incidents like this, although rare, will happen, but lets look at the positive. The police caught him, he'll serve time in jail, and most likely will never set foot in Elmhurst again. Great job Elmhurst police department for your quick response and apprehending this criminal!
D L December 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Well said Mark C. And welcome to Elmhurst. I've lived here 59 years and it's isolated events that seem to rattle some residents to go over the top. You moved to a great town and community.
Mark C December 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Thank you. My wife and I are very happy with our decision. We considered many different areas and took a great time looking while trying to sell our old house. Great schools, low crime, reasonable taxes, centrally located, and a nice size piece of land. What's there not to love?
CheKeroauc December 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM
MarkC--compared to some of the surrounding suburbs (Addison, Bensenville, Hillside, Franklin Park) Elmhurst is much better. However because of our location (easy in, easy out) and influx of Section 8 housing, the crime rate here has soared over the years (check the police blotter). There isn't one house on my block that hasn't had a break-in. Plus the schools, though better than in the surrounding burbs, aren't top notch as they once were (and probably never will be given the changing demographics of this country).
Mark C December 12, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Actually according to statistics, crime rates have been pretty steadily decreasing over the last decade. http://www.city-data.com/city/Elmhurst-Illinois.html I also would find it hard to believe that the crime rate is higher now than it was in the 80s or 90s. I'm sorry to here about the recent break-ins. I agree one of the things that makes Elmhurst an attractive suburb to live in (easy-in easy-out) makes it attractive for break-ins as well. I couldn't find anything about a neighborhood watch program on Elmhurst's website, but they're effective at fighting crime. Berwyn's police dept's site has what it involves and its benefits. http://berwynpd.com/community_involvement/neighborhood_watch
Mike Worrell December 13, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Mark C, I don't think people in this town were aware of much of the crime before the Patch. So I think it's now amplified and people are surprised to find that criminals can actually cross the city border. Also, the article comments section on any website is no place for a rational, even-tempered person with a positive attitude.
Stewart Levine January 14, 2014 at 06:59 AM
This man is from Georgia, and saw a town full of white people and this immediately invoked thoughts of hatred. A clean downtown full of happy kids, nice stores, nice cars, well dressed people enjoying restaurants, and the theatre. He couldn't get a flash mob here fast enough for Polar Bear Hunting so he just thought that he would get his reparations by crashing into upper middle class white peoples cars. Obiviously having a black president, free healthcare, free housing, free food, free dental, free cell phones, you name it isn't enough for him.


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