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1/30/2013 11:17:00 AM Ex-con with stolen pickup charged in at least one robbery
OTTAWA — A Cornell man was apprehended Tuesday for allegedly holding up a service station in Grand Ridge — and he may be a suspect in a Streator robbery, too.
Jacob F. Roach, 27, of 103 Eighth St. is charged with robbery, a Class 2 felony, for allegedly taking money from the Grand Ridge Shell at 2:38 p.m. Sunday. La Salle County Sheriff’s Office said a white male entered the station and demanded money from the cash register, though it was not clear whether he indicated or brandished a weapon.
The base sentencing range is 3-7 years in prison; but Roach could face an extended term based on a record that includes Livingston County felonies for which he just completed 2 years in prison.
Though currently facing just one count of robbery, Roach also may be a suspect in a Streator robbery reported hours after the Grand Ridge holdup.
Streator police reported a white male entered the Circle K North at 11:15 p.m. — less than nine hours after the Grand Ridge robbery — and took money from the register. That suspect fled in a truck that was crashed a short time later. The driver fled on foot after the crash.
Streator police would not immediately confirm whether Roach was a suspect in the Circle K holdup.
Roach was initially arrested by Pontiac police around 4 p.m. Tuesday. A white pickup truck believed to be stolen in the Streator area by Roach was located behind the Palamar motel, according to Pontiac police. Roach surrendered as police were preparing to search a nearby residence owned by his mother, Michelle Eppel, according to police.
The case is assigned to La Salle County Circuit Judge Cynthia M. Raccuglia. Roach was picked up on a warrant fixing bond in the amount of $750,000. Roach might not be able to bond out, however. The Department of Corrections indicated Roach is on parole, having been released in July, and could have him held without bond pending a return to prison.
A hearing was expected today in La Salle County Circuit Court.
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