Two robberies occur at DeKalb businesses Wednesday

By Dave Gong

Two DeKalb businesses were robbed Wednesday evening, said DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler.

Spangler said at about 7 p.m., a white male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, of average build, wearing a beige coat and baseball cap entered El Burrito Loco, 185 W. Lincoln Highway, and demanded money from the register.

Spangler said the suspect did not display a weapon but implied he had a gun. The employee ran to the back of the restaurant and the suspect left the restaurant without any money or property, Spangler said.

About 20 minutes later, an individual entered Lucky’s Tobacco, 110 E. Hillcrest Drive, and demanded money from the employee. The suspect, also described as a white male, about 5-feet-6 inches tall, of average build, did not display or imply that he had a weapon, Spangler said. The suspect took cash from the register and left the store heading east on Hillcrest Drive. Spangler said the man was wearing a dirty yellow coat and a baseball cap.

Spangler said due to the time frame and similar descriptions of the suspect, the two incidents may be related.

Wednesday’s robberies are the most recent in a string of armed robberies and burglaries that have occurred this week.

At about 6:50 a.m. Sunday, a man walking down Blackhawk Road was robbed at gunpoint.

The victim, an NIU student who wished to remain anonymous, said he was returning home from the 7-Eleven, 930 N. Annie Glidden Road, when he looked back and saw a man walking a few yards behind him.

“Suddenly I felt a strike on my head,” the victim said.

He said his attacker demanded his phone and money, but he did not have any cash on him.

“I was just shocked,” he said. “I didn’t know how to react. I just gave him my phone.”

The victim said he did not have any serious injuries, but received stitches for the injury to his ear.

“It wasn’t until after he left that I realized, ‘oh my god, someone just attacked me,'” he said.

The victim said his attacker was a black male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a gray sweatshirt.

According to police reports, at about 12:14 a.m. Monday, a man walking in the 1000 block of West Hillcrest was attacked by two men wielding a handgun.

Spangler said an armed robbery also occurred early Saturday morning in the parking lot of Molly’s Eatery and Drinkery, 1022 W. Lincoln Highway. Spangler said there have been arrests in connection with that incident, but was unable to provide more details.

The victim of the attack Sunday morning said he isn’t afraid to walk around DeKalb.

“You can’t avoid going out. I’m just glad I came away with only a minor injury,” he said.

Spangler said police are continuing to investigate the incidents and are pursuing leads.