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Chicago man charged with armed robbery in Batavia

BATAVIA – A 27-year-old Chicago man remains in jail on a $300,000 bail after being charged with armed robbery Saturday at the Batavia Pantry, 929 E. Wilson St.

Antwann L. Hunt, 27, has a listed address of the 1300 block of South Spaulding Avenue in Chicago, but police said he was staying at the Batavia Apartments in the 1100 block of East Wilson Street, Batavia.

Hunt has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting a police officer and causing injury.

A knife and more than $300 in cash were found where Hunt had been captured, Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz said.

The robbery took place at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at the store, Bretz said.

A clerk suffered minor injuries after a brief struggle with Hunt, who had a knife. The clerk was treated and released at the scene.

“You don’t want to put up a fight with anybody that is armed,” Bretz said. “Money can be replaced.”

Hunt also was injured during the struggle with the clerk. He was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries to his nose and hands. In addition, a Batavia police officer was injured during a foot pursuit that took place after the robbery. The police officer was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

“He had received a lower-body injury that was non-life-threatening,” Bretz said.

Hunt also was charged with causing a child to be endangered, a misdemeanor. Police said Hunt left three children, ages 6, 4 and 1, alone in an apartment while the incident took place.

This is the second robbery at Batavia Pantry in as many months. In December, offenders took a laptop computer from the store and about 200 cartons of cigarettes.

Bretz said the two robberies are not related. Last month’s incident was not an armed robbery.

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