Three people are in custody following an armed robbery and a police chase that started in Lake Bluff and ended at the Highland Park Police Department on Friday.
At around 4:13 p.m., three Chicago men robbed a Verizon Wireless store at gunpoint at 235 Waukegan Road in Lake Bluff, police said. Two of the three suspects were armed with guns.
According to police, employees were tied up during the robbery and placed in the back of the store. None of the employees were injured.
The descriptions of the three suspect involved in the armed robbery were sent out to area police departments. Police ended up spotting the suspect vehicle, which was stolen, on Route 41 and a police chase began.
The police pursuit went on for over eight miles down Route 41 where the car crashed near the Jewel-Osco on Deerfield Road at Richfield Ave. The suspects all ran from the car and two of the three accidentally ran into the Highland Park Police Department. The third suspect jumped over a wall next to the police station where he was met by a police officer.
Authorities said they don’t believe the two suspects were aware that they had ran into a police station.
All three were taken into custody. Police said that they found more than 20 cell phones or other pieces of equipment along with a firearm in the vehicle.
Eddie L. Hill, 24, of the 9300 block of South King Drive in Chicago, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery, unlawful restraint, armed violence, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and possession of a defaced firearm, police said.
Aries A. Rickenbacker, 22, of the 8000 block of South Vernon Avenue in Chicago, and Cordell C. Prince, 21, of the 0-100 block of East 100th Place in Chicago, both face the same charges as Hill.
Hill and Prince are being held on a $500,000 bond. Rickenbacker’s bond was set at $750,000. All three have court dates on October 5.