Police: Oak Lawn manhunt nabs suspect in Palos, Frankfort robberies
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org November 8, 2012 6:12PM
Updated: December 10, 2012 6:28AM
A Chicago man who faces a felony weapons charge after being captured Wednesday during a manhunt in Oak Lawn is a suspect in recent robberies of Radio Shacks in Frankfort and Palos Heights, police said Thursday.
Reginald Taylor, 47, of Chicago, was charged with felony possession of a firearm after the manhunt that began with him fleeing an Oak Lawn Radio Shack, police said. While in custody, Taylor was identified by witnesses of the Palos Heights and Frankfort robberies, and he could face additional charges Friday, Oak Lawn Police Division Chief Mike Kaufmann said. Taylor is to appear in Cook County court in Bridgeview at 9 a.m. Friday, according to Kaufmann.
Frankfort Police Chief John Burica said an armed man robbed the Radio Shack in the 21100 block of South LaGrange Road on Nov. 1, with cash and cell phones being taken.
A composite sketch of the suspect was created with assistance from the Will County Sheriff’s police and was shared with other police departments, Burica said. On Wednesday, an armed robbery at the Palos Heights Radio Shack had similarities to the incident in Frankfort, he said.
Kaufmann said police shared the sketch with the Oak Lawn Radio Shack in the 4800 block of West 95th Street. When a man resembling the sketch came into the store about 3 p.m. Wednesday, an employee who was “on top of it” called police, Kaufmann said.
The Oak Lawn store was not robbed, as the man fled to a nearby residential area. A short time later, police found Taylor in a stairwell of a residence.
Taylor allegedly displayed a fully loaded 9 mm semiautomatic gun and threatened to shoot, but “one of our guys developed a rapport with him” and Taylor surrendered after about an hour, Kaufmann said.
Taylor previously served eight years in state prison for a 1988 residential burglary, Kaufmann said.
Burica credited police teamwork for the arrest.
“Because of the sketch, the Oak Lawn employee was able to identify this guy,” Burica said. “By sharing information, we were able to solve this crime within a week.”
Radio Shacks in Country Club Hills and Chicago also were robbed recently, Kaufmann said.
Susan DeMar Lafferty