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Cook County Officer Encounters Knife-Wielding Robber On Southwest Side

By Quinn Ford | October 3, 2013 11:57am
 Police are searching for a man in his 40s who escaped in a Red Dodge minivan.
Police are searching for a man in his 40s who escaped in a Red Dodge minivan.
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LITTLE VILLAGE — Police are searching for a man who robbed a Little Village convenience store Thursday and then drove a minivan at a Cook County sheriff's police officer during his getaway.

About 8:15 a.m., a man believed to be 40 to 50 years old robbed a convenience store at knife-point in the 2600 block of South Pulaski Road, said Officer Jose Estrada, a police spokesman.

After stealing a number of items, the man left the store and encountered an off-duty Cook County sheriff's police officer, Estrada said. The man hopped into a red Dodge minivan waiting in the alleyway behind the store, and ignoring calls from the officer to stop, the man accelerated toward the off-duty officer.

The officer fired at the car, but the man was able to escape. The officer was not injured and police are investigating.

The robber was described as a Hispanic man with a light beard, brown eyes and graying hair. He was estimated to be about 6 feet tall and weighed about 150 pounds. He was wearing black boots, a black jacket and blue jeans, police said.

Anybody with information on the incident should call Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380.