Epic armed robbery
08/03/2011 10:00 PM
A manager at Epic Burger, 550 W. Adams St., was the victim of an armed robbery on the morning of August 1, when two offenders took an estimated $7,500 from the restaurant safe.
The manager said that at 8 a.m., she entered the restaurant to open it when a man walked up to her and asked for a light. When the manager responded no, he entered the restaurant behind her and raised his shirt displaying a dark semi-automatic pistol on his waistband. “Take me to the safe,” he said.
The offender then opened the glass door and let the second offender inside. They all walked backed into the store office where the Epic Burger manager opened the combination safe. Both the manager and two offenders were black and the offender said to the manager, “We’re not going to hurt you. We know it’s the white guy’s money.”
The offenders removed the money, placed it inside a Dickies bag, and ran away from the restaurant.
Walgreens employees assaulted
Shirley Williams, 39, of Chicago, is in police custody and charged with aggravated assault with a knife and battery after an incident at the Walgreens at 2 E. Roosevelt Rd. on the morning of July 30.
A Walgreens employee observed Williams enter the store and pick up a bottle of moisturizer. She then observed Williams holding the bottle for an extended period, walk to the cash register and make a purchase that didn’t include the moisturizer bottle. When the employee asked about the moisturizer bottle, Williams went into a fit of rage and struck the employee. Then when the manager of Walgreens attempted to break up the fight, Williams allegedly punched her, too.
Both Walgreens employees retreated to the back of the store, but were followed by Williams who produced a six-inch steak knife and started to make threats. Police arrived on the scene and subdued Williams as she confronted the two Walgreens employees, in addition to a third worker, with the knife.
Bar brawl over baseball
An argument over baseball led to an assault at Rudy’s Bar & Grill at 69 E. Madison St. on the evening of July 25.
The victim told police that he was involved in a heated discussion with the offender when he paid his tab and exited the bar. The offender then walked up behind the victim and struck him on the side of the head with a pint glass, shattering the glass and causing a laceration on the victim’s head.
The offender then tried to flee the scene, but the victim caught the offender outside the bar and tried to strike him. Witnesses, though, were able to subdue the victim — who was eventually treated at Northwestern hospital and released.
The offender fled eastbound and police were unable to locate him. However, in the process of escape, the offender dropped his wallet, which contained his identification.
Construction site thefts
Two separate pricy thefts at construction sites happened in the 1st District last week.
An employee for the McHugh construction crew operating at 185 N. Franklin St. told police that sometime between the evening of July 25 and morning of July 26, someone stole a spool of copper wire worth $5,000. The spool had been connected to a generator, which was linked to work trailers at the construction site. The cable was cut from the generator by an unknown tool.
In a different incident, an employee at the Baylor Construction company said that sometime between the afternoon of July 29 and morning of July 30 a thief took $3,000 worth of hand and power tools from a construction site at 2334 S. Wabash Ave. The offender was able to pry open a tool shed.
This summary contains information taken from the crime reports and arrest records of the 1st District of the Chicago Police Department. Anyone named has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.
—Compiled by Matthew Blake