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Several police vehicles with emergency lights flashing were seen on Essington Road, Caton Farm Road and around the Louis Joliet Mall responding to the robberies.
Places hit were the Chase Bank at 2222 Essington Road, the nearby 7-Eleven store at the corner of Essington and Caton Farm roads, and the Burger King on Route 30 outside of the Louis Joliet Mall.
The robbery attempts occurred within five minutes, according to a police news release. The suspect was stopped about a half-hour later.
Thomas S. Manaras Jr., 34, of Plainfield was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted robbery, one count of aggravated robbery, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and several citations related to aggravated fleeing and eluding before he was stopped, police said.
The series of events started at 12:56 p.m. at the Burger King outside the Louis Joliet Mall.
Cheryl Davey, manager of the Burger King, said she shut the drive-thru window on a man in a red Cadillac SUV after he demanded money and acted like he had a gun.
“He told me to give him all the money in the drawer,” Davey said. “I just closed the window and backed up and called the police.”
The man drove off.