LAKE BLUFF – Three Chicago men were formally charged on September 9 in connection with an armed robbery at the Verizon store in Lake Bluff the day before. They are Eddie L Hill, 24, of S. King Drive, Cordell C. Price, 21, of East 100th Place, and Aries A Rickenbackerage, 22, of S. Vernon Avenue, according to Lake Bluff Deputy Police Chief Mike Hosking.
All three were taken to the Lake County Jail early Saturday morning after they were charged with:
- Armed Robbery
- Aggravated Robbery
- Unlawful Restraint
- Armed Violence
- Unlawful Use of Weapon by Felon
- Possession of Defaced Firearm
- Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon no Concealed Carry Permit
- Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon No FOID Card
They are accused of robbing the Verizon store at gunpoint and using zip ties to restrain the sales associates against their will in the back of the store on Friday afternoon, September 8, while traffic buzzed by unaware on Route 176 and shoppers filled their carts at the Heinen’s grocery store nearby.
Here’s what happened, according to Hosking:
At around 4:13 p.m. on September 8, two men entered the Verizon store through the front door of the Verizon store in the Carriage Way shopping center at 235 S. Waukegan Road in Lake Bluff.
One of the suspects was armed with a semi-automatic hand gun. They ordered one of the employees to open the safe and remove 20-plus cell phones and other devices. They tied up both employees with zip ties and fled the scene from the back door into a get-away car driven by a third suspect.
“It was a busy time of day but I don’t think anyone in the shopping plaza knew anything was going on,” Deputy Chief Hosking told DailyNorthShore.
As soon as they could, the employees called 911, notifying police agencies in Lake Bluff, Lake Forest and Highland Park. The police car chase began somewhere in Lake Forest and continued into Highland Park until the suspects’ vehicle got into a traffic accident near the Jewel grocery store on Old Deerfield Road.
“They drove one more block, jumped out of the car and took off running,” said Hosking. Amidst the confusion of multiple squad cars, two of the suspects wound up running into the Highland Park Police Station and were apprehended there, he said. The third jumped a brick wall behind the station. “A police officer was standing right there,” he added.
The three suspects are in custody awaiting charges by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. Hosking said all have Chicago addresses.
There were no injuries.
The suspects’ vehicle was itself a stolen car, Hosking said. It was reported stolen in Chicago on September 5.