Ray Castro, 18, of South Beloit (inset) has been charged for his alleged role in an armed robbery at the Circle K, located at 155 South Eastwood Drive in Woodstock, that occurred on July 10, 2022. | Photo: Google Street View

An 18-year-old man has been charged in connection with a robbery of a gas station convenience store in Woodstock where three suspects robbed the clerk at gunpoint.

Ray Castro, 18, of South Beloit, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery, burglary, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a handgun under 18.

The Woodstock Police Department responded to the armed robbery around 1:30 a.m. on July 10 at Circle K, 155 South Eastwood Drive in Woodstock.

Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb said at the time that three armed, masked subjects entered the store.

A fourth subject remained in the driver’s seat of their getaway vehicle.

The three suspects displayed firearms and demanded cash from the sole clerk in the store, Lieb said.

They exited with cash and store products. The suspects then fled northbound in the vehicle they arrived in.

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A search for the vehicle in Woodstock was unsuccessful and the police department’s investigations division responded to the scene.

Neighboring police agencies were also provided with a description of the vehicle but it was not located the night of the incident, Lieb said.

Two days later, the vehicle was located crashed in West Allis, Wisconsin, and three subjects were arrested.

The fourth subject in the car was able to elude law enforcement.

Lieb said the subjects arrested were all juvenile males.

They were eventually released to their parents by West Allis, Wisconsin officers.

The West Allis Police Department was not aware of the armed robbery in Woodstock when they released the subjects, Lieb said.

The numerous felony charges against Castro, who was a juvenile at the time of the robbery, were filed on Wednesday.

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The most serious charge, armed robbery, is a Class X felony that carries a prison sentence of six to 30 years.

McHenry County Judge Mark Gerhardt ordered Castro held on a $250,000 bond.

A bond review hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.