A still image from surveillance video shows the two suspects of the August 25, 2020, robbery of a local paleta vendor.

Paleta Robbery Suspect Apprehended, Say Police

Published September 4, 2020

Chicago police have apprehended a suspect in the robbery of a McKinley Park neighborhood ice cream vendor last week in the 3600 block of South Honore Street. Detective Robert Vahl, working from the 9th District of the Chicago Police Department, reported that police today apprehended a 17-year-old juvenile for the robbery, after community feedback helped identify the suspect.

 
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The victim of the robbery, a local push-cart vendor of ice cream paletas, was accosted by two males around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, including at least one armed with a handgun. Based on community feedback received after police disseminated surveillance video and images of the suspects, a positive identification led to apprehension of the suspect, Vahl said.

 
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Vahl anticipates a single charge of armed robbery will be pursued against the suspect, he said. Vahl noted that the suspect had become aware of the intense social media scrutiny surrounding the incident.

"I can't express our gratitude enough for the community's help," Vahl said.

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