Police identified the man they have in custody as John A. Smith, 18, of Woodridge, Ill. Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, two women were sitting in their car in an Olive Garden parking lot when a man brandishing a hand gun and covering his face with a scarf demanded the victims give him their purses and cell phones. He then fled north through a Lowes parking lot, police said.
The suspect used one of the stolen credit cards at a nearby gas station in Oswego. A police officer on patrol spotted a young man matching the description provided for the Bolingbrook robbery, at which point Smith was apprehended. He has been charged with felony robbery.
Woodridge police would not confirm if Smith is a suspect in the three armed robberies that occurred between April 24 to 29, citing an ongoing investigation. The suspect for those robberies is described as a male between 5'8" and 5'10", in his late teens to early 20s, with a thin to medium build. The suspect used a butcher's knife in one robbery and a handgun in the other two, and wore a bandana over his face along with a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and a black baseball cap.