Four persons were arrested Thursday following a 40-mile chase that began following a robbery in Flossmoor.
Flossmoor police said the four suspects were apprehended in north suburban Park Ridge after exiting the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) at Dempster Avenue. They were arrested near Lutheran General Hospital.
According to a Flossmoor press release, police were called to a parking lot near Kedzie Avenue and Vollmer Road, where a woman reported that a man displayed a handgun and demanded her purse. The victim was not harmed in the robbery, which took place at about 1 p.m. She told the police that a silver-colored vehicle pulled up next to her before the robbery took place. There were four persons in the vehicle, she said.
After she gave the man her purse, the suspects drove west on Vollmer. A few minutes later, a car matching that description was seen by Homewood police at 183rd Street and Kedzie. Police started following the vehicle as the suspects fled, eventually turning northbound onto Interstate 57.
Police followed the suspects northbound on I-57 and onto Interstate 294. After leaving the tollway, the suspects entered a parking lot near the Park Ridge hospital, where they all fled on foot. All four were apprehended without incident.
Flossmoor police said the weapon was recovered, as was the victim’s purse. A number of law enforcement agencies were involved in the apprehension of the suspects, including air helicopter support. There were no injuries stemming from the chase or arrest.
The suspects were sought by neighboring communities for other possible criminal activity, the press release said.