Man arrested in robbery at Lakeview restaurant

An Ex-convict is accused of robbing a waitress and threatening to shoot a woman and her two children at a restaurant in Lakeview.

43-year-old William Castle entered Cassava restaurant on 3338 N. Clark St on Sunday, grabbed a server by the collar and demanded money, according to Chicago Police.

Castle reportedly forced a 43-year-old woman, her 13-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter into a bathroom and threatened to shoot them if they called the police, according to prosecutors. The mother was able to contact her husband through a text message. The short message read “Don’t come robber in here call 911.” The woman’s husband called police after receiving the text.

Castle tried to escape through the restaurant’s back door, but was confronted by police officers. He was arrested and found with $333 in cash.

Castle is a registered sex offender with a crime history dating back 20-years. In 1993 he was convicted for attempted rape, robbery and kidnapping. The next year he was convicted of aggravated sexual battery, robbery and kidnapping. He was sentenced to 16 years in Tennessee state prison. According to Tennessee state records, he completed his parole in September of 2012.

Castle now faces charges of aggravated robbery, unlawful restraint, kidnapping and attempted robbery. His bail is set at $1 Million.

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