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Suspects shot, pistol-whipped Marengo gas station clerk after he gave them money during robbery, police say

Suspect #2 is seen on surveillance video during an armed robbery at the Circle K Shell gas station, 600 North State Street in Marengo, Wednesday morning. | Provided Photo.

New details released show that the two suspects who shot a Marengo gas station clerk during a robbery last week did so even after he gave them money from the cash register.

Two men walked into the Circle K Shell gas station, 600 North State Street in Marengo, around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Suspect 1 held the clerk at gunpoint while he got the contents of the register, according to a police bulletin. Suspect 1 then ordered the clerk to open the safe and pistol-whipped the clerk on two occasions.

Suspect 2 was watching the door and then came behind the register and told the clerk he has three seconds. The suspect counted down and shot the clerk in the leg.

Additional threats were made to the clerk and one of the suspects said “Keith, Keith, come on,” according to the bulletin.

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Police investigate an armed robbery and shooting at the Circle K Shell gas station, 600 North State Street in Marengo, on Wednesday. | Photo: Alex Vucha / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

Both suspects left and are believed to have gotten into a white van that was seen driving northbound on State Street.

Marengo Police Department Sgt. Andrew Kjellgren said officers found the adult victim, identified as Brian Pemble, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Pemble was treated at the scene by paramedics and flown to Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford in stable condition, according to Marengo Fire Protection District Capt. Patrick Fanning.

The 35-year-old victim, an on-duty gas station clerk, was shot once in the leg during the robbery.

Suspect #1 (left) and suspect #2 (right) are seen on surveillance video during an armed robbery at the Circle K Shell gas station, 600 North State Street in Marengo, Wednesday morning. | Provided Photo.

Suspect 1 is described as a male Hispanic, 25-35 years old, approximately 5-foot-4 or 5-foot 5, with a tattoo or mark on the right cheek, wearing a black hoodie with the text “DUCKIN BAD VIBES” on the chest and armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.

Suspect 2 is described as a male Hispanic, 25-35 years old, approximately 5-foot-8 to 6-foot-1, wearing a black jacket with a stripe on the shoulder and an unidentified white logo on the right chest, black jeans, tan boots and armed with a silver revolver.

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The Aurora Police Department said on Friday that the suspects are linked to three armed robberies in their town.

One occurred around 7:30 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of South Broadway in Aurora and the second occurred around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday on that same block.

The third occurred around 9:55 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of South Lake Street in Aurora.

Brian and Melissa Pemble and their five children. | Provided Photo.

Pemble’s wife, Melissa, started a fundraiser to help support their family of five kids while the father recovers from his injuries.

Melissa Pemble, a Capron resident, started the GoFundMe account, which has raised nearly $13,000 as of Monday.

Pemble said that her husband Brian is recovering from his injuries following the shooting, which occurred at his second job as a gas station clerk.

The money raised in the fundraiser will go towards medical bills and lost income.

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Those who have information on any of the robberies are asked to call the Marengo Police Department at 815-568-7231 or the McHenry County Crime Stoppers at 800-762-7867.