Two suspects have been charged after two female employees were attacked, leaving one of them injured, during an attempted robbery at a popular ice cream shop in Grayslake.
The incident happened at The Freeze, located at 131 Hawley Street in Grayslake, on April 3.
The owner of the business said the attempted robbery happened in the evening after closing hours.
Two employees, who run the ice cream shop’s egg hunt, were attacked.
Police said both employees were seated in a personal vehicle in the parking lot when two male suspects approached them.
The suspects demanded money and punched one of the victims in the face through the open car window.
Officers responded and took one of the suspects, who fled on foot, into custody. The second suspect was later identified.
One of the employees suffered physical injuries. Paramedics were dispatched around 11:20 p.m. to evaluate the victim.
The female victim did not require transport to the hospital.
“The health and well-being of these employees comes before anything,” the business said on social media.
The attack was unrelated to the business’ egg hunt but the event has been canceled due to the robbery.
“These two employees are like extended family to us and it pains me that this happened. We are across the street from the Fire Dept and like two to three blocks from the police station,” the business said.
The owner said he was devasted but will “continue to strive to create the best customer and employee environment.”
He said that customers may notice some changes in response to the incident.
On Tuesday, over two weeks after the incident, the Grayslake Police Department announced charges against the suspects.
Samuel P. Gil, 29, of Grayslake, was charged with attempted robbery, vehicular invasion and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, which are all felonies.
Joshua D. Adams, 26, of Hainesville, was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.
A GoFundMe account raised over $8,000 for the business to help increase security and pay for medical bills the two employees may incur.
The Grayslake Police Department claimed in an initial statement “there was no danger to the general public” during the robbery.
An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for Gil and he was taken into custody without incident by police detectives.
He was transported to the Lake County Jail where he remains held.
Gil is scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday morning.
Adams was charged last week and was released from custody on a personal recognizance bond.