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Woodridge police still seeking suspect in three armed robberies

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 1:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 9, 2014 3:15 p.m. CDT

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WOODRIDGE – Woodridge police are still looking for a man they say robbed people using a knife and a handgun on three occasions over a five-day period April 24 to 28.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 with a thin to medium build and in his late teens to early 20s. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans, a black baseball hat with a red bill and his face was covered with a bandana.

The first incident occurred around 1:05 p.m. April 24, when a man approached a van in the parking lot of Jewel, 2317 W. 75th St., and robbed a woman, threatening her with a "large butcher's knife," police said.

The suspect, who entered the victim's van, demanded money and an iPhone before telling her to drive to her bank, according to police. The woman had her 18-month-old and 3-year-old in the car with her, police said.

The suspect then exited the vehicle – before they reached the bank – in the vicinity of Boughton and Naperville/Plainfield roads.

Then, around 6:15 p.m. April 27, a man approached a vehicle in the 2600 block of Forest Drive, displayed a black handgun and robbed victims of cash, a cellphone, a debit card and a GPS unit before fleeing eastbound on foot, police said.

The third incident occurred the afternoon of April 28 when a male offender carrying a small handgun robbed a woman walking in the 7700 block of Janes Avenue.

All three incidents occurred within a half-mile of each other and during daylight. None of the victims were harmed.

In response, Woodridge police said they have stepped up patrols in the area and have asked the community to report any suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1.

A sketch of the suspect is not available because the suspect covered his face in all three incidents, according to police.

On Thursday, Woodridge and Bolingbrook police arrested a man accused of robbing two women in a Bolingbrook restaurant parking lot. In that incident, the suspect – an 18-year-old Woodridge resident – allegedly covered his face with a scarf and brandished a handgun in the robbery attempt.

Woodridge police, however, would not say if the man is a suspect in the three Woodridge robberies.

A pair of armed robberies occurred in Downers Grove last weekend as well, but police do not believe the three men charged in those incidents are responsible for the robberies in Woodridge.


Tips from the PD

• Always hide your valuables – never keep cellphones or wallets in your car or in plain sight.

• Don't carry large amounts of cash in your wallet or purse.

• Be alert and pay attention to your surroundings.

• If you see something suspicious, report it immediately to the Woodridge Police by calling 9-1-1. What you think is probably nothing, might be something. You will be helping the police, not bothering them.

• Anyone with any information in relation to the three incidents in Woodridge is asked to contact the Detective Unit at 630-719-4764 or crimetips@vil.woodridge.il.us.


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