According to WGN bond has been set at $1 million for a man accused in the abduction and robbery of an elderly Frankfort Square woman.
The 69-year-old Frankfort Square woman had just pulled into the driveway of her home and was sitting in her car when a man approached her and pointed a handgun at her and ordered her to accompany him.
The kidnapping and robbery occurred around 10 p.m. Monday. The kidnapper took the elderly woman to a car parked two driveways away, in the 8200 block of Chestnut Court where two other men were waiting in the car, according to Will County sheriff’s police spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer.
They drove several miles to a nearby Bank of America branch, forcing the terrified woman to give up her ATM pin code. Will County Sheriff’s police have not said how much money the men withdrew from the ATM.
They spent an hour driving around and trying to use the victim’s ATM card before letting her out near a gas station in Country Club Hills, police said.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Will County Deputy Police Chief Ken Kaupas characterized the victim as “a tough woman” from Chicago’s South Side, who “went with her gut instinct.” But Kaupas, acknowledging it is seldom a good idea to get into a car at gunpoint, said the woman’s approach “may not work for everybody.”
What might you advise an elderly family member to do in this situation?
1. Never go to a second location. You need to stay where people can hear and see you. Getting into a car with an armed assailant limits your options to escape or call for help.
2. Throw whatever valuables you have in one direction and move as quickly as you can in the other. Even the stupidest criminal will go follow the valuables.
3. If you are driving and think you are being followed don’t drive home. Drive to a public place like a police, fire, or gas station.
On Thursday the Sun-Times reported the police released surveillance video of a Wal-Mart in Crestwood, where the suspects used her credit card. Kaupas said investigators received “a large number of calls identifying the three” men.
Chavell Anderson, 21, of the 17100 block of Longfellow in Hazel Crest surrendered to police the day after the video was released to the public.
Law enforcement officers continue to search for Aaron D. Anderson, 20, of New Lenox and Dorian Yamini, 23, of Richton Park, who have been named in arrest warrants, charged like Chavell Anderson with armed robbery in the Monday night attack, Kaupas said.
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