ST. CHARLES – St. Charles and Elgin police arrested a suspect they say was involved in armed robberies in both cities, and is possibly involved in one other armed robbery, officials announced in a news release.
Ronald L. Medlin, 46, of the 6N800 block of Thompson Avenue, St. Charles Township, was charged Feb. 15 with one count of armed robbery, a class X felony, in connection with an armed robbery at 7-Eleven, 2400 E. Main St., St. Charles, at 3:20 a.m. Feb. 13, the release stated.
Medlin also was charged with one count of armed robbery Feb. 14, also a class X felony, for an Elgin robbery, court records show.
Medlin was being held at the Kane County jail as of Feb. 16 on $500,000 bail, the release stated.
A class X felony is punishable by six to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. According to court records, Medlin is to appear in court Feb. 24 on both cases.
Medlin allegedly walked into the 7-Eleven, pulled out a folding knife and told the clerk to give him all the money, the release stated. He then took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, as well as a couple of packs of cigarettes, and fled northbound on foot from the store, the release stated.
The clerk was not injured, according to the release.
A K-9 unit from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office tracked him to the dead end of Foxfield Drive, where police believe he got into a waiting vehicle and left the area, the release stated.
The 7-Eleven clerk, who had noticed a suspicious van parked behind the business earlier, provided the license plate number to officers, who then were able to track the plate to a local business, the release stated.
Working with the business owners, police developed a suspect who was an employee of that business, the release stated.
Then at 7 p.m. Feb. 13, police believe the same offender walked into a Clark Gas Station at 1023 W. Main St. in St. Charles, pulled a knife on the clerk, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled north across Main Street, the release stated.
St. Charles detectives are working to see whether Medlin is linked to the armed robbery at the Clark station, the release stated.
In Elgin, police said that Medlin allegedly went into a Shell Gas Station, 300 S. State St., Elgin, at 2:50 a.m. Feb. 14, displayed a weapon, demanded cash, then fled on foot. The victim was not injured during that incident, according to a department notification on its Facebook page.
Elgin police eventually located Medlin at a residence in South Elgin and took him into custody, according to the Facebook post.