A 19-year-old man, who is a convicted felon, was arrested last weekend for allegedly robbing a man and a woman at gunpoint in separate robberies in Waukegan.
Ian F. Matus, 19, of the 2400 block of Frolic Avenue in Waukegan, was charged with armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Court documents show Matus robbed a man at gunpoint in the 2600 block of North Butrick Street in Waukegan around 8:45 p.m. on November 21.
Matus stole the victim’s wallet, cell phone and Apple Watch, according to court documents.
Two days later, Matus allegedly tried robbing a woman at gunpoint in the 1600 block of Rice Street in Waukegan around 2:45 p.m.
Matus was unsuccessful in stealing the woman’s belongings, court documents said.
Officers with the Waukegan Police Department arrested Matus on the morning of December 3 in the 100 block of South Gretta Street.
Officers found a Glock pistol inside a Honda Odyssey that the man was driving.
Matus is not allowed to possess any firearms as he is a convicted felon, court documents said.
In June 2020, Matus and another man were arrested after the two were connected to a spree of car burglaries in Gurnee.
In one incident, the two men fired shots at a homeowner who confronted them as they were trying to burglarize a vehicle.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped the more serious charges against Matus in that incident after he pleaded guilty to one count of burglary without causing damage.
He was sentenced to 24 months of probation and 100 hours of public service. He also received credit for time served in the county jail.
Matus remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $750,000 bond for his latest charges. He is scheduled to appear in court again on December 21.