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Man accused in botched $2 robbery used plastic toy gun, prosecutors say

Dan Hinkel, Chicago Tribune –

After failing to procure beer from a liquor store, a Chicago man approached a woman nearby and used a toy gun to try to rob her of $2 before he was tackled by a bystander, authorities said.

Wayne Dearmond, 29, was arrested Saturday morning after the alleged botched robbery outside a liquor store on Milwaukee Avenue near Ashland Avenue in the Noble Square neighborhood, prosecutors said. He faces charges of aggravated attempted armed robbery, and, in a brief court appearance Sunday, Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered him held on $300,000 bond.

Around 10 a.m. Saturday, Dearmond, of the 2800 block of South Trumbull Avenue, walked into the liquor store and tried to buy a six-pack of beer and a cigar before telling the clerk he didn’t have enough money, Assistant State’s Attorney Wendy Caceres said. He tried to leave with the goods, and threatened to shoot a man who snatched the beer and cigar from him before two men shoved him out of the store, Caceres said.

Dearmond then approached 48-year-old woman in a nearby parking lot, pointed a plastic toy gun at her and ordered her to give him $2, prosecutors said. Seeing one of the men from the liquor store approaching, he told the woman that if she didn’t give him the $2 he would kill the man, Caceres said.

Dearmond tried to walk away, but he didn’t get far before he was tackled by “a citizen,” according to a police report.

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