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Records: Joliet man wanted for armed robbery at knifepoint

Arlaine V. Richards, 44, Joliet
Arlaine V. Richards, 44, Joliet

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Joliet man charged with robbing a man by holding a knife to his neck, according to court records.

On Friday, Will County Judge Dan Kennedy signed a warrant for the arrest of Arlaine V. Richards, 44, who was charged on the same day with attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery and burglary, according to court records.

A criminal complaint filed against Richards alleged that on Sept. 3, he “performed a substantial step” toward committing robbery by holding a knife to the neck of a man and demanding him to turn over his money.

On the same day, Richards allegedly entered another man’s white Chevrolet Express van with the intent to commit theft, according to the criminal complaint.

The warrant for Richards’ arrest carries a $150,000 bond. If Richards is apprehended and jailed, he will need to post $15,000 in order to be released.

According to the warrant, Richards’ last known address is in the 700 block of Oakland Avenue in Joliet. He is unemployed and has a tattoo of a gorilla on his right arm, according to the warrant.

Richards was last in the Will County jail on March 2. He had been arrested on a retail theft charge. He was released that day after posting 10% of his $20,000 bond. Richards’ bond originally was $300,000, and a judge granted a motion from Richards to have it reduced, according to court records.

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