Bolingbrook Suspect May Be Linked to Woodridge Robberies

Man approached two women in an Olive Garden parking lot, police said

By Rob Elgas
|  Friday, May 9, 2014  |  Updated 6:11 PM CDT
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John Smith, 18, is accused of robbing two women outside a Bolingbrook restaurant.

John Smith, 18, is accused of robbing two women outside a Bolingbrook restaurant.

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Bolingbrook Suspect May Be Linked to Woodridge Robberies

Police may have found a break in a series of armed robberies in the southwest suburb of Woodridge after a man was arrested for a similar crime in Bolingbrook Wednesday. NBC 5's Rob Elgas reports.
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Police may have found a break in a series of armed robberies in the southwest suburb of Woodridge after a man was arrested for a similar crime in Bolingbrook Wednesday.

In the latest crime, police said a man wearing a scarf over his face and armed with a handgun approached two women in the parking lot of the Olive Garden at 215 S. Weber Rd.

Police said he took the victims' purses and phones and ran away.

Detectives later arrested John A. Smith after they said he used one of the credit cards at a Speedway gas station in Oswego.

Smith was located in Woodridge and taken into custody.

The robbery was similar to three armed robbery attacks on individuals late last month in Woodridge.

A woman was robbed outside a Jewel-Osco grocery store at 2317 W. 75th St., another person was robbed in the 2600 block of Forest Drive, and a third attack happened in the 7900 block of Janes Avenue.

The suspect in the Woodridge attacks was described as between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10 inches tall, late teens to early 20s with a medium build and wearing a scarf on his face.

Police have not determined whether Smith is also linked to the Woodridge crimes. He's scheduled to appear in court Friday in connection with the Olive Garden robbery.

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