You may have seen our post yesterday trying to find the victim of an attempted robbery at Save Mart where an off-duty detective and citizen apprehended the suspect involved, 19-year-old Sonny Wilkins. Even though we are still looking to identify the Save Mart victim and anyone else who may have been victimized by Wilkins yesterday, we have booked him for robbery, elder abuse, violation of probation and two counts of attempted robbery. Below is a summary of the events.
The first happened after 9:00 am at Walgreens on Paradise Road involving a 77-year-old female victim. As the victim approached the store's entrance, Wilkins grabbed the purse she was tightly holding and fled from the area.
Another call came in around 3:00 pm reporting an attempted robbery at Sprouts on McHenry. Wilkins approached the victim and tried to grab a wallet she had under her arm as she was removing a child from the car. A witness intervened by pushing Wilkins, which allowed the victim to retrieve pepper spray. When Wilkins saw the pepper spray, he fled the area in a vehicle.
The last incident happened early evening at Save Mart in the 800 block of Oakdale Road. An off-duty MPD detective was inside the store when the robbery occurred. The detective and a citizen chased Wilkins on foot until they were able to detain him. We believe the victim recovered her purse, but unfortunately left the area before talking with the police. She was in the store with a teen boy and was wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans. If you have any information, please have her contact Detective Bolinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.