Police Chase Through Wilmette Ends in Arrest in Winnetka

A man wanted for armed robbery in McHenry County led police on a high speed chase from Skokie to Winnetka. After turning off the Edens at Lake Avenue, he was stopped in a Winnetka parking garage.

A suspect in an armed robbery in McHenry County led police on a high speed chase from Skokie to Winnetka Friday morning, passing through Wilmette, police said. The chase ended in his arrest and there were no accidents or injuries.

The man was spotted in Skokie and fled. He was pursued by police who put out a call that there was a police chase happening northbound on the Edens, Winnetka Police Chief Patrick Kreis said. He did not know the man's name or the details of the robbery he is wanted for.

The man exited the highway at Lake Avenue in Wilmette and then headed north via Ridge, Church and Green Bay roads in Winnetka, Kreis said. The man then drove into the two-story parking garage at Green Bay Road and Merril Street and drove to the lower level.

"There's one way in and no way out when there are police cars behind you," Kreis said.

The man got out of his car and ran away. Police caught him after a brief foot chase at about 11:15 a.m., Kreis said.

There were no injuries or accidents, Kreis said. As soon as officers heard about the chase, they blocked traffic at key intersections to ensure that no on was hurt.

"The game plan worked," he said.

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