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Four Charged with Robbery in Buffalo Grove

Buffalo Grove police said a victim was robbed of $700 after the alleged robbers displayed a weapon.

have charged four men, including a Buffalo Grove resident, with robbery following an incident Wednesday night near Pine Tree Circle and Hidden Lake Drive. 

Charged with one count of robbery and one count of aggravated robbery were John Mares-Coleman, 18, of 455 Raupp Blvd., Buffalo Grove; Kenneth Green, 20, and Robert Green, 18, both of 1131 Walnut Drive, Arlington Heights; and Jacobe Umoren, 20, of 915 Westmoreland Drive, Vernon Hills.

Buffalo Grove Cmdr. Jim Newton said the four displayed a firearm and forcibly took about $700 from a victim around 7 p.m. June 6.

“It was a replica of a real gun, but the victim thought it was a real gun,” he said. "Once we got them into custody, we determined it was just a pellet gun.”

Newton said the victim knew the alleged offenders. When police arrived, all involved were at the scene, he said. The victim sustained “some minor scrapes,” but was not transported to the hospital, he added.

Aggravated robbery is a Class 1 felony punishable by four to 15 years of imprisonment and/or a $25,000 fine. Robbery is a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years of imprisonment and/or a $25,000 fine. 

The four men are being held on a $50,000 bond at the Lake County Jail. Their preliminary court date is July 3.

Editor's note: An original press release from the Buffalo Grove Police Department said that Robert Green was 19 years old. Police later said he was 18 at the time charges were filed. This story has been corrected.

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alringtonheights FORD dealer June 08, 2012 at 04:45 AM
I don't see how the charges could be that big if iit wasn't a real gun. The victim is obviously going to lie and turn the story to make the charges greater. Something that should be punished with a fine and community service is turning into the ruined lives of four young men. Iv seen buffalo grove police make the kids of my neighborhood look like big time criminals, when really they are YOUNG boys trying to get their LIVES together
JDS June 08, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Let's review the facts. FOUR ADULT males intentionally attacked a person while using a gun to scare the victim into fearing for his life. The victim could have lost an eye if they shot him in the face even though it was "only" a pellet gun. Yet you have the AUDACITY to write about how the POLICE act, how they stereotype ADULTS, NOT YOUNG BOYS, as criminals in your neighborhood! You seem to know the victim or the alleged criminals because you know the victim is going to lie! How would you know that if you didn't have a more personal iinterest in this case? These ADULT idiots knowingly attacked a person with a gun! They knew what they were doing was breaking the law! They knew using a "gun", real or not, would scare the victim into giving up his money.They should be punished according to the state laws! The focus should be on the criminals, not the police! A fine does not seem to be strict enough because who knows if the parents would pay it. The community service is good, but they should also be jailed for their criminal acts! Once their (shortened) incarceration is done, they each should be required to do 400 community service hours, participate in long term counseling, AND write a public apology to their victim stating what EACH one did wrong and what they learned from their actions. Only with strict, immediate consequences can they learn they are accountable for their criminal behavior! You are making the ADULT male criminals seem like victims, which they clearly are not!
Ben Weidle June 08, 2012 at 11:20 PM
The charges are that way becuz despite their ability to illude their victim. These criminals displayed to us their criminal intent, their evil intention to cause misfortune to another through instilling fear for the victims life.
morgan friedmen June 09, 2012 at 09:00 AM
scum bags. finally got caught.
anonymouse June 10, 2012 at 01:06 AM
i wonder why the victim was carrying that much cash... obviously buying drugs when those kids didnt have any!! classic scam
john doe June 12, 2012 at 02:18 AM
give these idiots the max penalty...they knew 110% what they were doing...real gun or not. and trying to get their lives together?? lol...you must be as stupid as they are to think robbing someone at gunpoint (real or not) is getting their lives together.
JDS June 14, 2012 at 04:19 PM
The article does not state why the victim had that much money on him/her so to make such a comment is out of line. The report has not reported ANYTHING about the victim (gender, criminal background, age,etc) so it is ridiculous to assume anything about the victim. The victim MAY have been in the undisclosed place to commit a crime, but that has not been reported. What HAS been reported is about the KNOWN criminal acts of the ADULT males who were arrested! Their actions were their choices to make. They chose to attack a person in a gang-like manuever (4 versus 1) while threatening the victim with a gun! They need to be held accountable for their intentional, aggressive, violent criminal behavior! If the victim's actions or intentions indicate to the police he/she was also commiting a crime, then he/she should be held responsible for his/her actions. The criminal actions of the four adults is not dependent upon the victim's behavior. There is nothing obvious about the victim's behavior.

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