A South Holland man wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a Family Dollar in Gurnee was taken into custody following two foot chases by police on Thursday.
Jeremy A. Jones, 23, of South Holland, was charged with one count of armed robbery, a Class X felony.
The Gurnee Police Department responded around 5:20 p.m. May 24 to the Family Dollar, 3521 Grand Avenue, for a report of a panic alarm inside the business.
Gurnee Police Department Spokeswoman Shawn Gaylor said that officers learned two male black suspects, one of them later identified as Jones, entered the store.
The two men brandished a firearm and demanded money from the cash register. They took an unknown amount of cash and fled the scene.
Detectives obtained a lead in the case which led them to Jones’s residence in South Holland around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Detectives attempted to speak with Jones as he exited his home and the man immediately ran from them, initiating a short foot chase before being captured and taken into custody, Gaylor said. A loaded handgun was recovered along with other evidence.
As a precautionary measure, Jones went to a nearby hospital and received a medical exam before being released back to detectives.
“While escorting Jones to the squad car in the hospital parking lot, Jones was able to break free, and another foot pursuit ensued,” Gaylor said.
The man was handcuffed at the time and detectives and hospital security chased Jones through the parking lot until he collided with a moving vehicle. He landed on the hood of the car before falling to the ground.
Jones was then escorted back into the hospital for a second medical evaluation. He was medically cleared by a doctor, who said he did not sustain any injuries from the crash, Gaylor said.
Jones remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $200,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 25.
Efforts are ongoing to identify the second suspect in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gurnee Police Department at 847-599-7000. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Lake County Crime Stoppers at lakecountycrimestoppers.com or 847-662-2222.