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On January 16, 2022, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a business in the 37700 block of North Green Bay Road, Beach Park, for an armed robbery. The owner of the business, a 52-year-old man, called 911 to report that a man entered the store with a firearm and took money from a cash register.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene and learned the offender fled on foot. Sheriff’s Canine Duke and Deputy Arrowood arrived at the scene and began an immediate track. Canine Duke tracked to a car stuck in a snowbank, approximately one block away. A man was located in the driver’s seat, Darrell D. Brown, 29, of the 20 block of Lake Street, Waukegan. Brown did not match the description of the offender, however, based on surveillance video obtained from the robbery, was likely the getaway driver.
The vehicle Brown was driving was stolen. The registration affixed to the vehicle was also stolen. Additionally, Brown was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested without incident.
Sheriff’s Canine Danno and Deputy Martini arrived to continue tracking the offender who committed the armed robbery. While responding to the scene, Deputy Martini spotted the offender in the area of Northern Avenue and Yorkhouse Road, Beach Park. The offender ran into a wooded area. Deputy Martini deployed Canine Danno and the two began tracking the man. Canine Danno located the man hiding near a shed in the 12400 block of West Paddock avenue, Beach Park. The man, Terrell Davis, 30, of the 600 block of Massena Avenue, Waukegan, was initially noncompliant, but surrendered after Danno began aggressively barking. Davis was found to be in possession of proceeds of the robbery, along with a key to the stolen vehicle Brown was driving.
Deputy Martini and Canine Danno then began an article search along the path Davis fled. Canine Danno located a knit cap that Davis wore during the robbery, along with the firearm Davis used during the robbery.
Davis and Brown were transported to the sheriff’s office criminal investigations division, as detectives conducted additional follow-up.
Davis had initially provided a false name to detectives, but his true name was determined by his fingerprints. Davis was wanted by the Minnesota Department of Corrections for a parole violation regarding a previous sexual assault, and he was also listed as a non-compliant Minnesota sexual offender.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the following charges:
Armed Robbery (Class X Felony)
Armed Habitual Criminal (Class X Felony)
Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Class 2 Felony)
Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon (Class 2 Felony)
Obstructing Justice (Class 4 Felony)
Fugitive from Justice (Due to Minnesota Warrant)
Resisting a Peace Officer (Class A Misdemeanor)
Aggravated DUI (Class 4 Felony)
Unlawful Possession of Stolen Registration (Class 4 Felony)
Both Davis and Brown remain held in the Lake County Jail pending an initial court hearing scheduled for January 18, 2022.
Sheriff John D. Idleburg said, “This is yet another tremendous example of the determination and dedication that our sheriff’s deputies and staff consistently display in our mission to keep our community safe. It also highlights the importance of our canine teams and their value to all of Lake County. I am very proud of everyone who brought this armed robbery investigation to an immediate resolution.”
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Waukegan Police Department who assisted and provided instrumental support by helping to establish a perimeter around the canine tracks.
All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.