A Chicago man charged in a standoff with Oak Lawn police is now accused of robbing the Palos Heights Radio Shack at gunpoint.
Armed robbery charges were brought against Reginald Taylor, 47, of the 7100 block of South Harvard, in Chicago. Palos Heights police said Taylor drew a gun on employees on Nov. 7 inside the Harlem Avenue Radio Shack store.
The Cook County States Attorney’s Office approved the charge on Friday.
Two Radio Shack employees who were in the store when it was robbed picked Taylor out of a police lineup at the Oak Lawn police station on Thursday, police authorities said
Taylor waited for customers to leave the Palos Heights store before locking the store's front door, police said. He pulled out a handgun, demanded money and fled with the cash. Taylor then made his way to Oak Lawn where he walked into a second Radio Shack location, police said.
An employee there recognized Taylor from previous informaiton left by Oak Lawn police and 911 was called. A police footchase ended in Taylor's arrest after a standoff.
Taylor is on parole for an earlier armed robbery from Rockford, said Palos Heights police Sgt. Tim Holder. Charges from a potential parole violation are likely.
Also on Thursday, Oak Lawn police charged Taylor with one count of a felon in possession of a firearm for his alleged role in the standoff. Police said Taylor barricaded himself in a stairwell armed with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun where he had threatened to harm himself and police officers.
Authorities in Frankfort are also looking at Taylor as a possible suspect in a Nov. 1 armed robbery of a Radio Shack store on La Grange Road. An employee from the Frankfort Radio Shack also selected him from a Thursday's lineup at the Oak Lawn Police Department.
Charges in the Frankfort robbery are expected to be filed Tuesday, police said.
Taylor is due back in bond court at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Cook County Criminal Courts Building.
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