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Man Approached by Gunman at Elmhurst Restaurant

Victim hands over $100; police set up a perimeter and search the area with dogs.

UPDATE 10:15 p.m. Saturday: Elmhurst police were not able to locate the suspect. They have given up their search.

UPDATE 9:45 p.m. Saturday: Elmhurst police searched the Superior Ambulance property, 395 W. Lake St., and the dog indicated the suspect jumped the fence and headed northbound.

EARLIER: A victim was approached by a man with a gun as he sat in his car near Elmhurst Family Restaurant, 441 W. Lake St., at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday, according to reports coming over the police radio.

The victim said he was sitting in his car when a Hispanic man with a red shirt or bandana covering his face approached the car, showed him a handgun and ordered him to hand over all his money. The victim gave the man about $100 in cash, then headed to the Power Mart gas station, at 572 W. Lake St., to call police.

The gunman took off on foot in an unknown direction of travel. Police have notified Addison police. They have set up a perimeter and are using dogs to search for the gunman. Police said the victim "is pretty shaken up."

The gunman is described as Hispanic and in his 20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, medium build with a thin mustache. He was wearing a black hoodie.

Jim Court May 15, 2011 at 02:05 PM
This is why I have suggested that we incorporate video surveillance on all exit and entry points in Elmhurst. Video review would assist in capturing perpetrators. Police cannot be everywhere. We would become a "gated community" which would enhance the safety and security of our community.
Robert May 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Really? I can count over 20 'exit and entry points' to Elmhurst. I would bet the police can point out more. The costs = engineering, hardware and software, installation, power, maintenance and monitoring. Burden the expense yourself and put up your own camera system. Gated communities exist, entire towns are impracticable. How about someone telling me - WHY the victim was robbed at Elmhurst Restaurant and then drove to Power Mart to call for help? No cell phone, no phone at the restaurant? Its a crock of a story or intent to distract the police.
Daniel Parker May 18, 2011 at 05:18 PM
The description of the alleged perpetrator as "hispanic" is not very helpful as it is a rather vague term, it only helps augment prejudiced sentiments in some people. Dan
Jim Court May 19, 2011 at 12:47 AM
His panic. Who wouldn't if a gun was pointed at them.
Robert May 19, 2011 at 02:44 AM
A hotel across the street, a busy ambulance building within view and the restaurant right there. This story is fishy and vague at best. Park in front of any of those buildings, in their light. No, Ill drive a half mile away for help. Robbery victims lose their entire wallet or purse, not 'about $100'.

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