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Alleged two-state robbery spree ends with man's arrest in motel room, police say

Alleged two-state robbery spree ends with man's arrest in motel room, police say

CROWN POINT — A man being held in Illinois in connection with three armed robberies was charged Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court with robbing a Hammond restaurant.

Jonathan E. Payne, 18, ordered a chocolate doughnut April 8 at the Dunkin' Donuts at 7410 Kennedy Ave., slid $2 across the counter, and pointed a gun at the cashier once the register was open, court records allege.

Payne told the cashier to step back or "I'll blow that b----," jumped over the counter and ran out of the business with a cash drawer, records say.

A video taken during the robbery showed Payne fled in a dark-colored Kia, which had been reported stolen out of Robbins, Illinois.

Payne was arrested April 10 at a motel in Markham, Illinois, after police tracked the Kia there. Police surrounded the motel and called out Payne, who exited the room after "lengthy negotiations," the Posen (Illinois) Police Department said.

A .25-caliber pistol and the cash drawer from Hammond were found inside the motel room, records say.

Payne is a suspect in a robbery April 6 at a Dunkin' Donuts in Posen, a robbery April 6 at a Dollar Tree in Homewood and a robbery in Crestwood, Illinois, according to court records and Posen police.

Payne likely will face extradition proceedings in Illinois before he is brought before a Lake Criminal Court judge.

Recent arrests booked into Lake County Jail


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