JOLIET – Four suspects were arrested Saturday after two separate armed robberies in Joliet in which individuals lured victims into meeting before taking their money and cellphones. One victim reported a stolen car.
Anthony Edwards, 20, of Crest Hill, Joshua L. Foster, 21, of Joliet, Alexis S. Gross, 19, of Romeoville, and Richard Soo Russell, 22, of Crest Hill were booked into the Will County jail Saturday on charges of vehicle theft conspiracy and charges of armed robbery without a firearm.
Joliet Police Deputy Chief Al Roechner said the thieves used the same method on two victims between Friday and Saturday.
Roechner said Gross used smartphone apps Meet Me and Plenty of Fish to get the victims to meet her first at the CVS in the 800 block of Plainfield Road in Joliet.
The first victim agreed to meet her to eventually have sex for $100 on Friday night. Gross and the victim then went to a nearby residence in the 800 block of Kelly Avenue, where she led him to the bedroom. She then left the room, at which time Edwards, Foster and Russell came in and demanded the victim give them his money and cellphone. One suspect struck him with a glass bottle.
The suspects then told the victim to leave the residence after they took his belongings. After he realized his vehicle was missing, he called the police at 10:30 p.m.
Officers responded, and although they located the missing vehicle a couple of blocks away, when they searched the residence, it appeared to be abandoned.
Police received a second call about 6:30 a.m. Saturday with a victim reporting a similar incident. He had agreed to meet Gross at the same CVS. She took him back to the residence, where in the bedroom the three other suspects demanded his money and cellphone. One of the suspects appeared to have a metal pipe, Roechner said. This time, Joliet police officers were in the area and obtained a warrant to search the residence, where they arrested four suspects.
Roechner said these were not the only times a group executed similar robberies. Other victims have not notified police.
“We’d like them to come forward if they were victims,” Roechner said.
All four suspects are due in court Monday.