POLICE CAPTURE ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT OR VEHICLE CONNECTED TO ARMED ROBBERY AFTER 19-MILE ON AND OFF PURSUIT AND OBSERVATION TRAILING
Man Arrested After Vernon Hills Robbery, 19-Mile Police Chase That Ended in Des Plaines
Vernon Hills police about 5:11 PM Friday, March 2, 2018 were in pursuit of a white box truck with a male/black driver. The vehicle and/or driver was wanted for investigation of armed robbery. The pursuit apparently began on westbound Route 45 approaching Route 83. The pursuit continued on southbound Route 83, and then southbound Arlington Heights Road, but was terminated near Hintz Road about 5:20 p.m. when the suspect’s vehicle was reported southbound Arlington Heights Road south of Hintz Road.
For a short time the box truck was southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 83.
The pursuit passed University Drive on southbound Arlington Heights Road about 5:19 p.m. The pursuit was terminated
Prospect Heights police spotted the box truck with Indiana plates eastbound at Schoenbeck Road and Palatine Road about 5:29 p.m. At 5:31 p.m. the suspect’s vehicle was westbound on Euclid Avenue from Rand Road. Arlington Heights police also joined in to observe the route of the box truck, but no police units attempted to stop the vehicle at this point.
The suspect’s vehicle was westbound on Euclid Avenue near Forest Avenue at 5:32 p.m. then southbound on Gibbons Avenue from Euclid Avenue. Prospect Heights police at this point said they were terminating pursuit. Arlington Heights and Illinois State Police units picked up the observation of the vehicle on southbound Gibbons Avenue. The suspect’s vehicle was southbound on Gibbons Avenue from Miner Street about 5:34 p.m.
Illinois State police were observing the vehicle near Northwest Highway and Waterman Avenue at 5:35 p.m. The suspect ran a red light at Route 14 and Central about 5:37 p.m. while turning right onto westbound Central Road with heavy traffic. Speed was reported about 25 MPH.
The suspect’s vehicle turned left onto southbound Busse Road and the pursuit began again southbound Busse Road. A police helicopter joined the observation/pursuit about 5:40 p.m. when the suspect’s vehicle was near Busse Road and Golf Road. The was passing Lonnquist in Mount Prospect at about 5:41 p.m.
The suspect made a left turn, and the pursuit continued eastbound on Golf Road about 25 MPH, continuing on Golf Road to Elmhurst Road, and then to Beau Drive.
The suspect was passing Elmhurst Road about 5:44 p.m. There was a crash reported at Golf Road and Elmhurst Rad at 5:44 p.m. The pursuit was terminated at this point. Apparently no injuries were initially reported — not confirmed.
The suspect’s vehicle headed southbound on Elmhurst Road, and other local police units picked up the observation of the truck. The suspect turned left on Thacker Street.
In the block of 900 Beau Drive about one block south of Thacker Street, the suspect stopped the truck, and bailed out of the truck. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect was in custody with Des Plaines police and multiple other local police agencies.
Des Plaines police announced they had one suspect in custody at the southwest of the 900 block of Beau Drive, which would be Beau Drive and Beau Court. The suspect was transported away in custody by police.
About the same time as the Vernon Hills to Des Plaines pursuit, there was also a pursuit for investigation of armed robber in the Robbins, Illinois area. That pursuit was also terminated, and it is unknown if the suspects were captured.
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