Suspects Apprehended After Armed Robbery at Plainfield 7-Eleven

At least one shot was fired during incident at the Route 59 store, police said. Several suspects were arrested after being pulled over by Joliet and Crest Hill police.

Updated at 1:55 p.m. Aug. 15:

Editor's note: Police originally stated that a witness who drove past the scene of the robbery was able to identify the suspects' vehicle. The man was actually a nearby resident who observed the three suspects as they fled the store, according to police.

Three men are facing armed robbery charges after holding up a Plainfield 7-Eleven store early Wednesday morning, police said.

Andre L. Mack Jr., 18, of the 5700 block of North Washtenaw, Chicago, is also charged with aggravated assault, aggravated discharge of a firearm and criminal defacement of a firearm after allegedly firing at a store clerk and a witness during the robbery, according to police.

Deshon E. Grissom, 19, of the 14000 block of South Whipple in Posen and Mequin N. Sample, 24, of the 300 block of South Austin in Oak Park are charged with armed robbery.

Plainfield Sgt. Mike Fisher said all three men were wearing bandanas over their faces and two were carrying guns when they entered the store shortly before 2:30 a.m.

After the trio ordered the clerk to get down on the ground, Mack is accused of firing a gunshot into the floor near the 7-Eleven employee.

Fisher said the robbers stole a cash register, then fled to a vehicle parked in a nearby residential driveway.

Mack is also accused of firing a shot at the resident, who came outside as the three offenders were running toward the vehicle, Fisher said. 

Neither the resident nor the clerk were injured in the incident, and the resident was able to give police description of the vehicle, police said.

Plainfield police who arrived on the scene put out an emergency radio broadcast to surrounding communities with the vehicle and offender descriptions.

"They did exactly the right thing by immediately putting out an alert over ISPERN," Fisher said, referring to the Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network.

The three suspects were stopped by Joliet and Crest Hill police a short time later at Larkin and Ingalls in Joliet.

Fisher said the driver of the vehicle attempted to flee as police took the three into custody.

"He actually struggled with one of the Crest Hill officers," Fisher said. "He literally slipped out of his shirt and fled the scene shirtless."

Joliet police were able to apprehend the shirtless suspect near the Ingalls Avenue Walgreens store, police said.

After witnesses identified the suspects, the three men were turned over to Plainfield police for questioning, Fisher said. He credited detectives with eliciting full confessions from all three.

"They were very forthcoming about their activities in their interviews," said Fisher, who added police do not believe the 7-Eleven robbery has any connection to an attempted armed robbery at a restaurant in July or Tuesday morning's shooting at a .

Fisher credited all three police departments with working together effectively and efficiently to apprehend the three men.

"It was just one of those good efforts," he said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, all three men were being held at the Will County jail.

Original story:

Several suspects are in custody Wednesday after a late-night armed robbery and shooting at the Plainfield store at Main Street and Route 59, police said.

Sgt. Mike Fisher said an unknown number of suspects entered the store brandishing guns around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, demanding cash and cigarettes.

“They took the entire cash register,” Fisher said, adding it was unclear whether it was the thieves’ intention to steal the entire register, or if they were simply unable to open it during the robbery.

One of the suspects fired off at least one shot during the robbery, but no one was injured, police said.

“At one point during the robbery, he made some kind of comment to the clerk that this wasn’t any kind of joke, and he fired a round into the ground inside the store,” Fisher said.

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A witness who drove past the store thought the suspects’ vehicle looked suspicious and took down the license plate, according to police.

“He thought it looked odd the way they got out of the vehicle,” Fisher said. After the robbery, the suspects fled, heading toward Joliet, police said.

Dispatchers fielded a 911 call from the clerk, along with a call from the witness providing information on the vehicle, Fisher said.

and Crest Hill police pulled the vehicle over on Larkin Avenue.

Fisher said the driver bailed out of the vehicle and scuffled with one of the officers before fleeing on foot. He was later apprehended behind the at Larkin and Ingalls in Joliet.

The suspects were still being interviewed Wednesday morning, police said.

Fisher said he would have more details on the incident and arrests later Wednesday.

Check back with Patch for updates on this developing story.


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Julie B August 16, 2012 at 01:53 PM
When you have 6 BURGLARIES in a 2wk period I think we should be informed. The neighborhood needs to be aware of what is going on. You would probably feel differently if you were the man that walked into his home and found 2 men standing there attempting to steal from him.
Julie B August 16, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Amen MJ!!
Ernie Knight August 16, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Tim, The media postings that you are relying on are not HARD DATA. They are cherry picked. It doesn't matter what statistics you run. You are running it on incomplete JUNK DATA.
Tim August 16, 2012 at 03:00 PM
The police department records are 'media sources' now? The amount of twisting you are doing to avoid doing math is amusing.
silentrippy August 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM
More tax dollars? How about tax cuts. There's plenty of places to stretch the tax dollar in all of the Village services including the police department. There's no reason to be getting rid of police cars with 90k to 100k miles on them. Completely unnecessary. The county sheriff, state police, and other municipalities keep their police cars for around 150k miles. Reallocation of resources and cuts in services is the first place I'd start. Plainfield has way too much tax money and too many residents that allow it to happen. They need to spend more time bringing businesses in town to support the tax base rather than continuing the taxation of residents.
Ernie Knight August 16, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Really? "Police department records"? And how is it that you have complete access to "police department records", Tim? FBI UCR statistics are the definitive numbers which are required to be uniformly reported by all agencies. Exactly what are you defining as "police department records"?
Tim August 16, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I'm not sure why it is confusing to you that department arrest records are public information. The internet is a wonderful thing, you should use it sometime. Just because you are not aware of something, or how to find it, does not mean it does not exist. Still waiting on that result of your regression analysis to back up your claims, Ernie. Do you need help getting started? Or are you going to continue trotting out distraction after distraction in the hopes that nobody notices that you have no idea how to do it?
Ernie Knight August 16, 2012 at 06:55 PM
And I'm still waiting to find out how you have complete access to Plainfield Police Department's records. I wonder what they would say if I asked them about you allegedly having access to all those records. I noticed that for someone obsessed with websites, you overlooked providing that website that has all the Plainfield Police Department records. Odd . . . Anyone can manufacture numbers and make claims. You still have not stated what those records are. You can use all the jargon you want, to throw up a smokescreen. You and I both know that's all it is, or you wouldn't have so badly misinterpreted research which you yourself cited. If you can't say exactly what the numbers are and where they came from, it's simply not credible.
Tim August 16, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Well, Ernie. They would probably say 'here, fill out this form' http://www.plainfield-il.org/police/records.php This is not grade school. You are going to have to do your own homework. You made a claim that it was just perception that armed robberies involving the discharge of a firearm were significantly increasing, and that running a regression to the mean on the amount of armed felonies is just based on 'perception' when it was categorically stated the methods used to come to that conclusion. I even gave you the exact sigma deviation involved. Now, you have all the information you need, to do the math that you have so desperately trying to avoid. No more excuses, Ernie. Show your math that proves it is just 'perception'.
Zaney August 16, 2012 at 07:54 PM
@silentrippy.....that is exactly what I was saying. I was not saying to raise taxes. I was asking the board to use my tax dollars more wisely by alloting more money to PPD and less to other things!
Tim August 16, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Yes, I have no doubt that you will keep 'checking-in'. Or what the editors know it as: You will no doubt continue to post graphical and vulgar sexual acts in links that you pretend are something else in order to get people to click them, have your comments deleted, and then go away for a few months in the hopes that people forgot about it before coming back again pretending like it never happened. Do you have the list precompiled of the dozen people you want to accuse me of being in your endless obsession to 'expose me'? Or are you going to just dole them out one at a time like last time?
Miguel Sanchez August 16, 2012 at 08:19 PM
If convicted, will the alleged criminals face mandatory prison time? If so, how long?
Ernie Knight August 16, 2012 at 08:38 PM
So you're alleging that you FOIA'd all the PPD arrest records for the last 5 years? But you won't cite them. What about other crimes, where no arrest was made? And how are those numbers more accurate than the FBI UCR numbers? Tim, I can't possibly reproduce your flawed numbers, regardless of the math. In case you weren't aware when people publish research they include enough information for other to replicate their study. . . unless they're hiding something.
Kevin S August 16, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Kudos agreed, but the better outcome would have been that the resident they fired a round at was armed himself and had good aim. We'd have three less scumbags to feed for the next several years in Will County and IDOC. Pity the opportunity was missed.
Tim August 16, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Either you can prove your statement that it is only 'perception', or you can't. I already told you I am not doing your homework. You were directly given the answer in the form of the sigma descriptor. You were then given the SOURCE of the information. Once your bogus claims that it is somehow magical that I have the information were proven false, you STILL are more concerned about posting an endless string of distractions, and it is quite obvious that you can not prove your point. I'm not talking about 'other crimes' where no arrest was made, try to pay attention. The initial starting point was the increase of violent crimes involving the discharge of a firearm. But you can feel free to run the same calculations on all crimes where no arrest was made, and then run the two results through the same process to see what the 'fit' is between the slope of the curve on both. Then, you can see with your own eyes what is true, instead of having to rely on what you think is or isn't perception. You already have the info you need, and then some. I'll even give you an online tool to use to prove your claim once and for all. http://easycalculation.com/statistics/standard-deviation.php Then again, this is the same guy who thinks eating pot brownies causes lung cancer. So I fully expect you to come back with yet another distraction, or how impossible it is to even have this information.
Francis M. Regan August 17, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Section 8'ers invade everywhere.
Ernie Knight August 17, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Tim, You're the one alleging a massive increase in violent crime. You didn't narrow that down in your original claim. It's your burden to show that. It's not mine to show you're wrong. By the way, if you're going to cherry-pick your violent crimes to only a tiny subset of violent crime, you'll have a tough time showing that "massive" increase in violent crime. Let's see you want only crimes involving a discharge of a firearm. None of the other violent crimes count. Interesting. Also interesting is the fact that the classification of crime frequently does not include that information. Check FBI UCR statistics which are authoritative, and you'll see they don't parse according to your criteria. Relying on arrest information does not include ALL the VIOLENT CRIMES in which arrests were not made. Relying on arrest information shows that PPD is making more arrests, not necessarily more crime! Good job, PPD! I guess you have to cherry-pick very carefully to get numbers that might remotely support your ridiculous claim. You can misquote me all you want. You have no evidence to show a "massive increase in violent crime". Keep throwing up that smokescreen. Maybe somebody will fall for it. Incidentally, given your substance preference I think my perceptions will stand up better than yours.
Baba O'Riley August 17, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Whew this topic is a hornets nest!!! Took all the thunder from the yardbird topic, or should I say the "chickens nest?"
Francis M. Regan August 17, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I agree Tim.
my conscience August 17, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Tim, you should spend more time on your home computer doing business, rather than making false accusations and wacky postings. A few of us know who you are, and we understand why you are the lonely sole you are -- you don't even like yourself, much less the Plainfield Police department. Let's try to stay on topic here. The criminals were caught and the police should be commended. You do yet have potential, don’t squander it.
Tim August 17, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Ernie, read the posts above again if you are confused. You keep asking for proof, but you seem to be blissfully unaware that it was already provided to you. If you don't understand what standard deviation is, then I can't help you any further. Not understanding something, is not the same as it not being true.
Tim August 17, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Are you not aware that everyone can see your comment history just by clicking on your name? You should probably delete your account, if you want to pretend that it didn't happen. As you like to say, 'a few of us' have already looked at your comment history and also clearly remember what you did back in March. I'm not sure what the mystery of knowing who I am is, when I already use my name as my login, but keep on working to 'expose' that mystery. Just for fun, lets pull out of the comment history a list of who you thought I was before you vanished after posting those vulgar links in your post claiming to be 'on the verge of exposing me'; http://plainfield.patch.com/articles/seven-duis-caught-during-st-pat-s-crackdown <Tim 8:24 am on Sunday, March 25, 2012 <I don't respond to MC allegations, because there are a litany of them every week. <It has been alleged that I am a lawyer, or working for the village of shorewood, or <working for the village of plainfield, or working for the developer of apartment <buildings, or working for the brew fest, or posting under various names, and on <and on. To refresh your memory, this is the comment you made back in March that included the vulgar link; "Billy, "Tim" is on the verge of being "outed". This is ..." Luckily the editors deleted the sexual link you posted trying to claim it showed 'evidence' of who I am(which seems to be a rather unhealthy obsession), but your comment history remains in your profile.
my conscience August 17, 2012 at 11:59 AM
“Tim” That’s funny, I deleted the postings myself. It wasn’t Karen. But to accuse me of posting “sexual” links, you have reached a new and twisted low “Tim”. You are now back to the kind of devious behavior that got you booted off the Plainfield Patch. I suppose Minooka-Channahon Patch with eventually get sick-and-tired of you too. Have a nice life my friend, but you no longer have my support and think there are others around Plainfield who feel the same way. As for the Plainfield police, they are doing good work in spite of what you continue to say.
Ernie Knight August 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Tim, Torturing numbers and cherry-picking figures to then use statistics as a smokescreen to try to convince people that is really not you twisting everything to suit your PERCEPTIONS, isn't working. Throw in all the jargon you want. I'll be happy to duel you in statistics. But I will not give credibility to your ridiculously tortured numbers.
Tim August 17, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Nope. it was the editor who deleted them because of the links you posted. When YOU delete your own comments, they come out of your history. When the editor deletes them from the post, they STAY in your history. Try it out for yourself, and watch what happens. Anything else you would like to lie about?
my conscience August 17, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Tim, I deleted my own comments but you, on the other hand had your whole Plainfield Patch access denied when Karen banished you. That is why you fled, in exile, to Minooka-Channahon. You are not even welcome on your home-town message board any longer. But more importantly, you have a great deal of trouble staying on-topic. The topic here is the good work of the joint police departments in arresting the 7-11 robbers. So, what's up with you? -- are you now seeing how far you can push Shannon?
Shannon Antinori (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM
These comments have nothing to do with the story. Keep it on topic, and stop with the personal attacks.
Larry August 17, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Good point MY CONSCIENCE makes....
Bethanie Mayberry December 03, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Section 8'ers?
Bethanie Mayberry December 03, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I know two of the offenders personally. I am so shocked that they would do this. They are both college students, and one of them was a student, had two jobs, and his own apartment.... I mean, he even had a pet cat for Gods sake. What the Heck comes over people? Its amazing how people change. Maybe he was struggling more than he appeared to be. Goes to show, you never know what people do behind closed doors... or at 2am at the 7-11. Amazing.


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