A man was arrested in a Burger King restaurant after he allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint as she was walking back toward her home in Waukegan, prosecutors said.
Brian K. Craig, 18, of Waukegan, was charged with one count of armed robbery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
A woman walked out of her townhome last Thursday to check her mother’s car for her phone in Waukegan, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Francis DeRosa said.
As she was walking back to her home from the alley, she was approached by a masked man.
The man produced a handgun and demanded the woman’s phone.
The suspect, later identified as Craig, demanded the victim enter the pin number in her phone, DeRosa said.
Craig allegedly fled down Williamsburg Drive towards Lewis Avenue in Waukegan from the scene.
A family member of the victim immediately called 911 after the robbery happened.
The victim provided police officers with a description of Craig and officers found a red jacket that he was believed to be wearing.
The woman’s stolen phone was tracked nearby to Burger King at 1510 North Lewis Avenue, DeRosa said.
Officers entered the restaurant and noticed no customers were inside but the men’s restroom door was closed.
DeRosa said that Craig exited the restroom and officers searched him and found him in possession of a pistol with an extended magazine.
The victim’s cell phone was located in the garbage in the bathroom where Craig came out of.
The firearm recovered matched the description the victim provided, DeRosa said.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak said during a bond hearing that Craig also had an active warrant out for his arrest for a juvenile case where he was charged with armed robbery.
Potkonjak ordered the man held on a $350,000 bond and ordered him to be on a 24-hour curfew should he post bond.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 4.