Des Plaines police responded Saturday morning about 9:19 a.m. to an attempted armed robbery at Nuevo Mexico grocery. When a 16-year-old offender pulled an airsoft gun and racked the gun’s slide while demanding money, the store clerk moved sideways behind the counter to grab his own handgun. The teen fled, and the store clerk fired shots at the offender. Another teen accomplice also fled the store.
The first offender dropped his cellphone as he fled. The store clerk picked up the offender’s cellphone. The offender was able to enter a getaway car and leave the area. Des Plaines police were able to track him down while he was getting a haircut a few hours later. The accomplice was also apprehended.
Both teens, age 16, who live in Des Plaines, were charged Monday with the armed robbery of the Nuevo Mexico grocery store, a Friday robbery at the Exotic Vapors store, 1926 E. Touhy Avenue, and a Palm Sunday March 20th robbery at Dunkin’ Donuts, 1926 South River Road. Police also connected the suspects to armed robberies in Kildeer, Morton Grove, and an unincorporated area near Palatine.
The suspects are alleged to have taken cash during the armed robbery at a Marathon gas station at 20235 Rand Road in unincorporated Palatine before they fled on foot, south toward Lake Cook Road on Tuesday March 22, 2016 at about 11:25 p.m. The case was being investigated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office when Des Plaines Police Department recognized the suspects using internal police photos without the faces blacked out.
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