Justice robbery suspect wounded in shootout
Tried to rob convenience store for a second time in a week: police
By Bob Bong
A man charged with robbing a convenience store in Justice was shot by a
friend of the store’s co-owner in a shootout that caused front-end damage at a
Bridgeview business last Tuesday night.
Justice Police Det. Sgt. Joseph Malloy said Diego Vazquez, 18, was wounded
in the shooting April 28 after he was chased out of the J Mini Mart, 8118 S.
Roberts Road, by one of the owners who thought he was the same man who had
robbed the store at gunpoint on April 24.
“A subject later identified as Diego Vazquez entered the store at 8:40
p.m.,” said Malloy. “He was masked and threw a book bag at the clerk. He
pointed a black semiautomatic handgun at the clerk and told him to fill the bag
He then fled from the store.
Vazquez returned to the store at 6:10 p.m. April 28, Malloy said.
“The original victim’s brother observed Vazquez and thought he looked like
the robber from a few days earlier,” Malloy said.
The brother said he was wearing the same clothes as he did during the
first robbery and had the same build as the robber.
“He video chatted in Arabic with his brother who confirmed it was the
robber,” Malloy said. “He thought he was going to be robbed again so he
bum-rushed the suspect, hit him in the face and pushed him out of the store.
The suspect then pulled out a gun and told the clerk he was the same man who
had robbed him earlier.”
In the meantime, the original victim and two friends were driving north on
Roberts Road when they spotted Vazquez walking home in front of Ideal Auto
Center, 8242 S. Roberts Road in Bridgeview, and jumped out of the car.
“The suspect pulled his weapon about the same time as the shooter,” said
Bridgeview Police Chief Ricardo Mancha. “Vazquez said he fired twice, while the
other shooter fired five times.”
Vazquez was hit once near the hip. He was treated and released at Advocate
Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn before being taken into custody.
The shooter was a friend of the original victim and he had a concealed
carry permit, said Malloy. He was not charged in the incident.
The front window at Ideal Auto was shot out in the incident, but nobody
else was injured.
Vazquez was charged with armed robbery by Justice police. He was also
charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of aggravated
assault by Bridgeview police.
He appeared in court this week and his bail was set at $100,000. He remain
at Cook County Jail on Friday.
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