Illinois police have reported that two men were taken into custody on Jan. 5 in connection with the armed robbery of a Chicago Ridge doughnut shop. One of the men is also thought to have been involved in an earlier armed robbery in the neighborhood. Bail for the men, who are both Chicago-area residents and are 18 and 19 years of age, was set by a Cook County judge on Jan. 7, and they are scheduled to appear in court again in Bridgeview on Feb. 3.
According to police, the 18-year-old man entered a Dunkin Donuts store at approximately 3:06 p.m. while his associate waited in a car outside. The man is said to have brandished a handgun while demanding money and fired a warning shot into the ceiling of the store before joining his associate in the waiting car. The men were taken into custody about 10 minutes later after Oak Lawn police pulled the car over. Officers say they recovered the handgun used in the robbery as well as the cash that had been taken.
Media reports indicate that the two men subsequently provided police with both verbal and written confessions to the Dunkin Donuts robbery, and police believe that they are responsible for several other armed robberies. The 18-year-old man was also charged with robbing a woman at gunpoint while she sat in her car on Dec. 29.
The right to remain silent when questioned by law enforcement is guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and criminal defense attorneys will likely advise their clients to not make any statements that could later be used as evidence against them. This is particularly true when the charges involved are serious felonies like armed robbery. Experienced police officers are often highly skilled at establishing rapport with those accused of committing crimes, and the incriminating statements that this can lead to may be extremely difficult for defense attorneys to counter.