Would-be Chicago robbers told to come back, wind up arrested

Aug. 13, 2013 at 8:45 PM
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CHICAGO, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A Chicago restaurant owner foiled a robbery by telling the would-be holdup artists to come back later and when they did police cuffed them, authorities said.

Police and prosecutors said Mario Garcia, 39, and Domingo Garcia-Hernandez, 28, who live about a block away from the restaurant they allegedly tried to rob, had their bail set at $25,000 each after being arrested early Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported. Their next court appearance on attempted aggravated robbery charges will be next Monday, the newspaper said.

Domingo Garcia-Hernandez is also charged with possession of a replica firearm, since the weapon allegedly used was a squirt gun, police said.

A police report stated that even though Garcia-Hernandez allegedly told the restaurant owner he had a gun and would kill him during the Sunday night holdup attempt, the owner told them he was too busy and asked them to come back in an hour.

They left and the owner called police, who arrested them when they returned about 12:30 a.m. Monday.

Garcia had a metal baseball bat with him when taken into custody, police alleged.

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