Man faces charges today in Oak Brook mall robbery

One of three men who tried to rob an Oak Brook jewelry store but was shot by a security guard while his accomplices fled is expected in court Saturday to face charges in the last weekend’s incident, authorities said tonight.

The suspect will be charged by 8 a.m. Saturday when he is expected before a judge during Weekend Bond Court at the DuPage County Jail, 501 N. County Farm Rd., DuPage County state’s attorney’s office spokesman Paul Darrah said.

The other two suspects remained at large but the stolen vehicle they used for their getaway was recovered, police said.

The incident took place at C.D. Peacock in the Oakbrook Center shopping mall on Sunday about 3:40 p.m. while 10 customers and six employees were in the store, according to police at the time.

Police said the three men entered the store, and one wielding a 4-pound sledgehammer smashed a glass display case containing high-end watches. When the guard ordered the man to stop, the man advanced on the guard and was shot once in the abdomen, police said.

A day after the incident, the suspect, a 24-year-old from Detroit, was in critical but stable condition at a hospital in Downers Grove where he remained under police guard, authorities said.

No one else was injured.

The other two men fled in a stolen Jeep, which police said was found abandoned Monday in an office building parking lot in nearby Oakbrook Terrace, Oak Brook police support services Officer Erica Huff said.

The incident prompted a brief lockdown of the mall. Police released a photo and a video clip from the store’s security camera but were seeking better-quality images to help identify the two other suspects.

They were described as males in their late 20s or early 30s. One is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds, with a tattoo on the right side of his neck. He was wearing a black T-shirt. The other man is about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds, with a heavy beard. He was wearing a white T-shirt, police said.

The suspects are all members of a large “smash and grab” style theft crew that targets Rolex cases, according to a police report.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Vel Torlo at 630-368-8747 or Det. Jason Wood, 630-368-8749.

By Rosemary Regina Sobol

Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

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