Adam L. Chandler, 47, of Crystal Lake, (inset) was arrested and charged with robbery after he allegedly stole items from Jewel-Osco, 6140 Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake, and physically attacked an employee Wednesday evening. | Background Photo: Google Street View

A judge released a man who was arrested for allegedly robbing a grocery store in Crystal Lake and attacking a loss prevention employee who intervened Wednesday.

Adam L. Chandler, 47, of Crystal Lake, was charged with one count of robbery, two counts of aggravated battery and one count of retail theft.

The Crystal Lake Police Department responded around 7:50 p.m. Wednesday to the Jewel-Osco, 6140 Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake.

A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court alleges Chandler stole merchandise from the store.

Grocery items, hygiene items and alcohol, valued at less than $300, were taken by Chandler without paying for them, the complaint said.

Chandler allegedly grabbed a loss prevention officer’s pinky finger and bent it backward, the complaint said.

The complaint said Chandler also punched the victim on the left side of his chin and on the left side of his collarbone.

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The battery occurred as Chandler was attempting to leave the entrance door to the store, the complaint said.

Officers arrested Chandler and transported him to the McHenry County Jail.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a petition to deny pretrial release to Chandler, calling him both a real and present danger to the community and a willful flight risk.

McHenry County Judge Mark Facchini on Thursday denied the request to hold Chandler pending his trial and allowed him to be released.

Facchini ordered Chandler to not leave the state without permission, have no contact with the victim and have no contact with the Jewel-Osco where the incident occurred.

Court records in McHenry County show Chandler has been charged in three other criminal cases in the past year and a half. Those cases include theft, retail theft and resisting a peace officer.

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A status of preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 16.