Bonds set for two men in holiday shooting, shoplifting incident

A Will County judge Saturday set bond at $400,000 for a Joliet man facing attempted murder and shoplifting charges following an incident at a Kohl’s department store in Romeoville on Friday.

Robert Russell Jr., 51, is charged with attempted murder, obstructing an officer and shoplifting following an incident that injured a Romeoville police officer who was dragged by a car in which Russell was riding. The driver of the car remains hospitalized after being shot by police.

Gerald Chamberlain Jr., 28, also of Joliet, faces shoplifting charges and remains in custody on $100,000 bond. Chamberlain was involved in the incident but remained in the store.

A Romeoville police officer attempted to stop Russell as he got into a car driven by the man who is still hospitalized. Russell allegedly held the door closed on the officer’s arm as the car dragged him. Another officer fired shots at the car, with one of the shots striking the driver of the car in the left arm. The driver of the car was hospitalized Friday and has not yet been charged.

The officer who was attempting to stop Russell from fleeing, was treated and released from Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

Russell and Chamberlain, both whom have criminal histories, will appear before a Will County judge on Tuesday.

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