Robbery attempt foiled by Walgreens employees in East Humboldt Park


Benjamin Strong

Two Walgreens employees aided in the arrest of attempted robber Benjamin Strong in the store at 2440 W. North Ave. early Saturday morning.

Police were dispatched from the 14th Police District at 12:15 a.m. on Dec. 14, according to Officer Greer, Chicago Police Department's News Affairs. A Walgreen's employee who had been struck in the head with a gun by the offender, alerted the police that the offender was in the store. The employee was taken to Norwegian American Hospital, 1044 N Francisco Ave., with non-life threatening injuries. 

The store was closed when the offender knocked on the door. The employee, thinking that it was a security guard, opened the door and the offender forced his way in pistol whipping the employee, according to other sources.

The offender forced the employee to get the manager to unlock his door. Pushing his way into the manager's office, an altercation occurred with the offender and the manager.  The employee along with the manager were able to wrestle the offender to the ground. With the manager on top of the offender, the employee went out and called the police then let them in the store, warning them that the offender had a gun.

Officers cuffed the offender and found a 9 millimeter semi-automatic under him. 

Strong, 21, who resides in the 3700 block of N. Narragansett Ave. was charged with Armed Robbery with a Firearm. He is in Cook County jail on a $275,000 bond. His next court appearance is to be Dec. 20, in Branch 50 at 5555 W. Grand Ave. Room #2.



Robbery is one of the ugly

Robbery is one of the ugly crimes. These people get no job and start looting people’s money. If I were jobless I would die without food but robber? never

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