One man may be at the root of two separate robberies reported in downtown Highland Park.
The first robbery was reported in the early evening of November 2nd, when a masked suspect demanded that an employee at the Subway on First Street place money into a gray plastic bag he had provided, and then fled the scene westbound on Green Bay Road, according to a statement Highland Park Police Commander Tim Wolinski.
The second robbery, which the police say took place the following morning, was reported at Elm Place Tailoring Cleaners (590 Elm Place). In neither case, the release notes, was a firearm displayed.
The description given for the suspect in the second robbery matched the description given in the first, suggesting that one perpetrator may be responsible for both crimes. From the release:
Suspect is Male / Caucasian, 6’0”, medium build, wearing a black winter hat, dark red face mask (nose to chin), black jacket with white lettering over left breast and same lettering on back, gray top over black gloves, black tapered pants, and dark gym-style shoes. He spoke English with no detected accent.
The Highland Park Police Department asks any resident who may have more information regarding either incident to contact the Police Department at (847) 432-7730. Meanwhile, the city plans to hold a a community meeting on public safety in response to the two robberies at 7:30pm at City Hall, Tuesday, November 4th.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Highland Park police placed local schools on ‘soft lockdown’ Monday after the second robbery, and that the schools lifted the lockdown later that morning after police determined the immediate area to be safe.