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James J. Brewer Elgin

James J. Brewer of Elgin

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Updated: March 11, 2013 6:43AM

ELGIN — A Chicago man suspected in the armed robbery of a clerk at a downtown convenience store during Thursday night’s snowstorm was arrested less than five minutes after the holdup, police said.

Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said that at about 7:58 p.m., police received a 911 call that a worker had just been robbed at Paul’s Bus Stop, between the Chicago Street Metra station and the Elgin Pace depot.

The clerk told officers that a man had entered the store, displayed a gun and left after stealing merchandise, an undisclosed amount of cash and a handgun that was kept in the store for protection.

The clerk said the robber walked away eastbound across the Chicago Street Bridge. The clerk was not injured during the incident.

Theriault said that information was immediately relayed by police dispatchers to officers. “Less than five minutes later, several alert officers located the offender in the area of 80 S. Grove Ave.,” he said. “Officers were able to take the offender into custody after a brief struggle. Both weapons, the cash and merchandise were recovered.”

The suspect, 23-year-old James J. Brewer, of the 9000 block of South Forest Avenue in Chicago, was interviewed by detectives and charged with one felony count of each of armed robbery, aggravated robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm and theft.

Brewer appeared in bond court Friday, and a judge remanded him to the Kane County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail to await hearing Feb. 14 in the Kane County Judicial Center.

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