Robbery suspects caught after victim chases them into Highland

2012-12-26T13:53:00Z 2012-12-27T10:48:04Z Robbery suspects caught after victim chases them into HighlandTimes staff nwitimes.com
December 26, 2012 1:53 pm  • 

HIGHLAND | Two Chicago men were arrested Christmas night after an armed robbery in Illinois led to a chase into Indiana, which ended in a crash and foot pursuit in Highland, police said.

The pursuit began in Burnham after the men allegedly robbed someone of cash, a wallet and a cellphone in the parking lot of International Foods, 14035 Torrence Ave., said Burnham Police Chief Pete Belos.

The robbery victim chased the suspects, with the suspects firing shots during the pursuit, said Highland police Cmdr. George Georgeff.

The chase ended in Highland when the suspects crashed their vehicle, which had been reported stolen, Georgeff said. The crash, about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, prompted several 911 calls to Highland police regarding a road rage incident near Ridge Road and Osborne Street.

A resident in the 8800 block of Osborne contacted police saying two men asked her to call them a cab. Georgeff said the suspects fled the area and a perimeter was set up with help from police in Griffith and Munster.

Georgeff said a Highland officer and his K-9 partner tracked the suspects to a backyard in the 8900 block of Lawndale Street and took them into custody, recovering a firearm.

Felony charges on the two men were being presented to the Lake County prosecutor's office Wednesday.

Belos said Burnham police were seeking extradition late Wednesday.

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