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Stiff bail for 2 Joliet men charged in Black Friday shoplifting in Romeoville

Romeoville police cars outside Kohl's store southwest suburb early Friday.  |   Ken Herzlich/For Sun-Times Media

Romeoville police cars outside the Kohl's store in the southwest suburb early Friday. | Ken Herzlich/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 30, 2013 8:54PM



Two Joliet men accused of dragging a police officer with their getaway car after a Thanksgiving night shoplifting attempt at a Kohl’s store in Romeoville were ordered held on bail Saturday.

Bail for Robert L. Russell Jr., 51, was set at $400,000 bail. He’s charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and retail theft.

Gerald Chamberlain, 28, was ordered held on $100,000 bail on a a charge of retail theft.

Romeoville police Chief Mark Turvey said store security detained the two men around 10 p.m. Thursday at the Kohl’s at 261 S. Weber Rd., but Russell got free and was running out of the store when two police officers arrived. Turvey said Russell jumped in a Pontiac Sunfire driven by a third man, closed the car door on a police officer’s arm and held it closed as the officer was dragged alongside the car.

When the driver, Charles A. Hinch, 52, didn’t heed another officer’s order to stop, the officer fired five shots, hitting Hinch in the left elbow and causing him to stop. Hinch was in police custody Saturday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

The officer who was dragged was treated at the hospital and released.



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