A second suspect has been charged in connection with a robbery of a gas station convenience store in Woodstock where three suspects pointed guns at the clerk’s head.
Rosendo Pacheco, 18, of Beloit, Wisconsin, was charged in adult court with armed robbery, aggravated robbery, burglary, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a handgun under 18.
Court records show Pacheco had previously been charged in juvenile court and earlier this week the case was transferred.
In February, another suspect, Ray Castro, 18, of South Beloit, was also charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery, burglary, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a handgun under 18.
He was also originally charged in juvenile court before the case was transferred.
The two men, along with a third suspect, are accused of committing an armed robbery that occurred around 1:30 a.m. on July 10, 2022, 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.
Court documents said the three suspects in the robbery pointed guns at the victim’s head.
They exited with cash and store products. The suspects then fled northbound in the vehicle they arrived in.
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.
Court records show Pacheco and Castro were both juveniles at the time of the robbery and have since turned 18. The third suspect has not been charged as an adult yet.
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 in February ordered Castro held on a $250,000 bond.
He was released after posting 10% of his $250,000 bond but is now wanted after he failed to appear for a court hearing in August.
Court records show an active warrant remains for his arrest and his original bond was forfeited.
Prosecutors filed a petition to detain Pacheco after he was charged this week as an adult. They said he poses a real and present danger to the community and is a willful flight risk.
Gerhardt granted the petition during a court hearing Friday and ordered Pacheco held in custody pending trial.
It is unclear where he is being held as there is no public record of him being held in the McHenry County Jail as of Sunday.
Pacheco is scheduled to appear in court again on January 12 for a preliminary hearing.