ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. (STMW) – Two men hid in the bathroom of a west suburban Burger King, then robbed employees at knifepoint Wednesday night. One of the men is in custody after the cab he was planning to use for a getaway car did not wait near the scene.
Michael A. Davis, 24, of the 300 block of 25th Ave. in Bellwood, was charged with two counts of armed robbery in connection with the incident at the Burger King at 1750 Harlem Ave., according to Elmwood Park police.
Davis and another man allegedly entered the restaurant about 15 minutes before the 10 p.m. closing time and hid in a bathroom. A few minutes after closing, they emerged with knives and demanded employees open the safe and get down on the floor.
Elmwood Park police officer Carlos Rodriguez, the first to arrive on the scene, said the men stole an undetermined amount of cash and two cell phones.
“I was a couple of blocks away when the call came in,” Rodriguez said. “When I pulled up to the scene, the witnesses were outside.
“The witnesses said the offenders headed westbound on Bloomingdale,” Rodriguez said. “When the other (departments) arrived, they set up a
perimeter and began searching through the yards.”
By 10:22 p.m. Elmwood Park officer Nicholas Ramirez had Davis in custody following a foot chase that ended in a parking lot on the 1600 block of Harlem Avenue.
Davis allegedly told police he took a taxi from Bellwood and told the driver to wait at Wabansia Avenue and 72nd Court, Deputy Police Chief Frank Fagiano said.
“Obviously after 30 minutes, the taxi driver didn’t wait,” Fagiano said.
“Officer Ramirez brought the suspect back to the scene, where he was positively identified by the witnesses,” Rodriguez said.
Police recovered the stolen cash and phones, which were in a back pack, and a utility knife, Fagiano said.
Fagiano said the department is following leads on the second suspect and has turned over the information to the department’s investigations division.
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