UPDATE: 1 of 3 sought in armed robbery at Rantoul nail salon arrested

UPDATE: 1 of 3 sought in armed robbery at Rantoul nail salon arrested

UPDATE, 12:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10:

RANTOUL — One teen is in custody in Urbana for a holdup at a Rantoul business Thursday while police continue to look for two others in the Chicago area.

A release from Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said three young men entered Fashion Nails, 1279 E. Grove Ave. in the Maple Grove shopping center, about 12:47 p.m. Thursday.

One had a gun and demanded cash. The trio made off with about $2,500, Bouse said.

Rantoul police arrived and confronted the trio as they were leaving. The three robbers ran from the officers and one got to a white Buick parked a block east of the nail business.

He got in and took off, picking up the other two suspects.

That car was later spotted headed north on Interstate 57 on the South Side of Chicago by Illinois State Police.

Troopers began pursuing the car but the chase ended near 78th Street, with police arresting the 17-year-old on charges of armed robbery. He was returned to the Juvenile Detention Center in Urbana, pending a court appearance Monday.

The other two young men allegedly hijacked another vehicle and again eluded police.

Bouse said Rantoul police are working with Chicago police on other similar cases.

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ORIGINAL STORY, published Thursday:

RANTOUL — A Rantoul business was hit by an armed robber Thursday afternoon.

Police Chief Tony Brown said someone walked into Fashion Nails, 1279 E. Grove Ave., in the Maple Grove shopping center and demanded money between noon and 1 p.m.

It is not known if any money was taken, and police continue to look for those involved.

Police alerted officials at Eastlawn Elementary School, which is a few blocks north of the shopping center, about the incident.

Brown said after a report of a possible suspect seen on Chanute Street, officials at J.W. Eater Junior High, located west of the center, were also alerted.

Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage said about 1 p.m., students and staff implemented the shelter-in-place protocol, which calls for everyone to stay indoors. It was lifted at 2:10 p.m.

Rantoul Township High Principal Todd Wilson said outside doors at that school were locked and parents were alerted via email and phone.

Dave Hinton is editor of the Rantoul Press, a News-Gazette Media community newspaper. For more, visit rantoulpress.com.

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Berto71 wrote on November 10, 2017 at 4:11 am

Why does this news story contain so few details about the robbery compared with an earlier story by the same author in Rantoul Press?


There were three robbers, a car chase on I-57 ending in a crash, and an arrest of one of the robbers. Why isn't any of that information mentioned here?