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Two men arrested after AT&T store armed robbery in Deer Park; over 100 cellphones taken at gunpoint

Mark. D. Easley, 32 (left) and Antuan J. Blackman, 34 (right)
Mark. D. Easley, 32 (left) and Antuan J. Blackman, 34 (right)

Two men were arrested after robbing an AT&T store at gunpoint and fleeing from police on Wednesday, authorities said.

At around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the AT&T store at 21690 West Long Grove Road in Deer Park for an armed robbery.

Witnesses reported during the robbery, two subjects wearing ski masks entered the AT&T store, one armed with a firearm, authorities said. The employees were forced to place over 100 cell phones and tablets into bags. The offenders fled in a vehicle and witnesses were able to provide a description, which was broadcasted out to area police departments by 911 dispatchers.

A short time later, Illinois State Troopers and Cook County Sheriff’s Police Officers located the suspect vehicle in the area of Interstate 290 and Higgins Road in Schaumburg. The suspects fled from the vehicle, and were taken into custody by ISP Troopers, Cook County Sheriff’s Police, and other local Cook County law enforcement agencies, officials said.

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Antuan J. Blackman, 34, of the 2700 block of West Flournoy Street in Chicago, was charged with armed robbery (class X felony) and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon (class 3 felony). Blackman remains held at the Lake County Jail on a $500,000 bond. He is due in court on November 6 at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom C-120.

Mark. D. Easley, 32, of the 500 block of Roberts Drive in Glenwood, was charged with armed robbery (class X felony). Easley remains held at the Lake County Jail on a $500,000 bond. He is due in court on November 6 at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom C-120.

The suspects were taken to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division. Lake County Sheriff’s detectives recovered all of the stolen robbery proceeds and the firearm used in the robbery.

 


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