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Police: Woodridge teen with gun robbed women in Bolingbrook parking lot

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 2:37 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 9, 2014 3:19 p.m. CDT
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John Archidald Smith, 18, of 2482 Forest Drive, Apt. 105, Woodridge

WOODRIDGE – A Woodridge man is in custody after allegedly robbing two female victims in a Bolingbrook restaurant parking lot Wednesday evening.

Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, two females were sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot of a business in the 200 block of South Weber Road in Bolingbrook when a man described as possibly Hispanic, wearing a scarf over his face, brandished a handgun and demanded the victims' purses and cellphones before fleeing, police said.

The suspect then allegedly used one of the credit cards stolen in the robbery at a nearby gas station, and Bolingbrook police, with the assistance of Woodridge police, later apprehended John Archidald Smith, 18, of 2482 Forest Drive, Apt. 105, Woodridge, according to Bolingbrook Lt. Mike Rompa.

Smith was charged with felony robbery, police said.

Citing an ongoing investigation, Woodridge police would not confirm if Smith is a suspect in three armed robberies that occurred in Woodridge over a five-day period April 24 to 29.

In those robberies, police described the suspect 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, wearing a bandana over his face with a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans, and a black baseball hat with a red bill. The suspect used a butcher's knife in one robbery and a handgun in the other two, police said.

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