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Ruben Rodriguez, 41, faces two counts each of armed robbery, aggravated unlawful restraint, and aggravated kidnapping, Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department said.
According to Dudlo, Rodriguez entered the store about 1:35 p.m., Wednesday afternoon wearing a ski mask and approached the cashier working the checkout line. Rodriguez allegedly pulled out a revolver and demanded money from the cash register.
The cashier ran to a nearby office occupied by another employee. Rodriguez followed the cashier and ordered the pair out of the office at gunpoint, Dudlo said. Rodriguez demanded the cash register be opened. The clerks complied with his order and gave the cash tray to Rodriguez who made off with an undisclosed amount of money and an employee’s cell phone.
Witnesses told police Rodriguez exited the store and ran northbound on Lamon Avenue where he entered a blue Chevy Malibu, occupied by three men, parked near 86th Street.
Dudlo said that police began tracking the employee’s cell phone and located it in in the City of Chicago. Burbank police relayed this information to Chicago units who curbed the Malibu near 63rd Street and Kedzie Avenue.
After being positively identified by witnesses, the four men were brought back to the Burbank police station for questioning.
According to Dudlo, the men were uncooperative with investigators. After reviewing witness statements and store surveillance video, a Cook County assistant state’s attorney approved felony charges against Rodriguez. The other three men — two Chicago residents and a Sauk Village resident — were released for lack of evidence, Dudlo said.
Rodriguez is scheduled to appear at the Bridgeview Courthouse for a bond hearing Friday.
The same Dollar General store was robbed last month by a Chicago man armed with a box cutter, according to a report by the Oak Lawn Patch.