1 robbery suspect in custody, another at large after Lombard crash, Metra UP-W trains affected

One suspect in custody, at least one more still at large, Lombard police say

ByLiz Nagy and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Thursday, August 31, 2023
1 robbery suspect in custody, another at large after Lombard crash
Police said one suspect is in custody, and at least one more is still at large. Metra UP-W trains were extensively delayed by the search.

LOMBARD, Ill. (WLS) -- Police are searching for robbery suspects in Lombard after a car crash.

Lombard police said they were looking for multiple suspects wanted for an armed robbery in Bensenville.

Around 4 p.m., squad cars from more than half a dozen police departments sped down St. Charles Road in pursuit of what investigators said was a car full of alleged armed robbery suspects. Police said their gray minivan crashed near Westmore-Meyers Road.

The suspects then fled the car on foot.

Lombard police said one suspect was taken into custody shortly before 6 p.m.

Another suspect is still at large. Police described him as a Black man with dreadlocks, wearing a white athletic shirt and black pants. Police said he was last seen in the area of Western and St. Charles Road.

"I didn't want to come out and put myself in danger," said Julie Hansen, who lives nearby.

Police searched through residents' garages and around backyard pools.

"They went over and checked the backyard area, they came in through the building making sure nobody was in there who wasn't supposed to be," said Deonna Christensen-Campos, who works nearby.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately.

The crash happened near Metra tracks and now Metra lines are being impacted by the search.

Metra Union Pacific West train #43, which was scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 5:26 p.m., and train #56, which was scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 5:50 p.m., are now stopped at Lombard due to the police activity.

Extensive delays are expected along the Metra UP-W line for the rest of the night. Some trains are canceled, while others are providing limited service between Chicago and other stops. Some trains area also running express.

Customers should listen to platform announcements and can check the Metra UP-W Twitter for updates.

Metra said they will provide updates as they become available.