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Walgreens employees fend off armed, would-be robber

BenjamStrong / phofrom Chicago Police

Benjamin Strong / photo from Chicago Police

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Updated: January 17, 2014 6:24AM



A Cook County judge set bail Sunday at $275,000 for a Portage Park man accused of trying to rob a Walgreens store in Logan Square.

Benjamin H. Strong, 21, is charged with attempted robbery with a firearm. Sporting a “Cash Rules” tattoo on his right hand and the words “Almighty Dollar” tattooed across his chest, he was arrested just after midnight Saturday at the store in the 2400 block of West North Avenue.

Police said a store employee, blood streaming down his face, waved officers down, telling them, “He’s robbing us with a gun, he’s still inside.”

Officers entered the store and found the store manager on top of Strong. They took Strong into custody and recovered a 9mm semi-automatic handgun from under his waist area.

The victims and a witness told police they think Strong, wearing a ski mask, hid in the store after it closed. Then he entered an employee/storage area, hit one employee in the head with a gun and forced that employee to open the door to the manager’s office.

Strong allegedly tried to force his way into the office, announcing a robbery and pointing his gun at the manager, according to police reports. A physical struggle ensued, police said, and the manager was able to detain Strong while the other employee called 911.

Police said one victim suffered a two- or three-inch cut on his forehead and was treated at Norwegian American Hospital, where he received five stitches.

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