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Two charged in connection with Clinton Avenue armed robbery

July 24, 2014 - Charges have been filed against two of the four suspects connected to an armed robbery last week in the 200 block of Clinton Avenue where a homeowner was held at gunpoint by two men, while accomplices used his ATM card at local merchants.

Demarko Johnson-MoletteDemarko Johnson-Molette, 21, of the 400 block of North Hamlin Street in Chicago was charged with armed robbery with a firearm, identity theft, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a stolen firearm.

Devontay ChambersDevontay Chambers, 22, of the 1200 block of South Avers Avenue in Chicago was charged with armed robbery with a firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

The two remaining suspects are in custody in other jurisdictions for unrelated incidents, but Oak Park Police are working to bring them here as part of the ongoing investigation.

Johnson-Molette and Chambers are scheduled to appear in felony bond court at 9 a.m., tomorrow in the Fourth Municipal District Courthouse in Maywood.

The pair was brought in yesterday after an alert Oak Park Police officer spotted a car similar to the one believed to have been used in the robbery traveling east on Washington Boulevard at Taylor Avenue. The officer stopped the car in the 300 block of North Austin Boulevard and determined that two individuals in the vehicle fit the descriptions provided by the robbery victim and from a surveillance video.

Oak Park Police Chief Rick C. Tanksley credited the FBI’s Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory with playing a key role in the investigation by taking details from a surveillance video to provide information on the make, model and color of the vehicle thought to have been used in the crime.

The robbery occurred at about 4:30 p.m., Mon., July 14. The homeowner was confronted as he exited the rear of his residence by two men who took his cell phone and wallet, then demanded the personal identification number (PIN) for his bank debit card.

One of the offenders apparently gave the card and information to accomplices who attempted to make ATM withdrawals at Tasty Dog, 708 Lake St., and 7-11, 661 South Blvd., while the victim was held at gunpoint for several minutes, with family members inside and unaware of the incident unfolding outside.